The Caldwell County Commission said $250,000 in funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will help the Little Otter Creek Lake Project move forward. The project was designed to provide flood control and a dependable water supply to county residents — especially during long-term droughts — and offer recreational and economic opportunities such as fishing and hunting.
The 360-acre, multimillion-dollar reservoir and dam are slated to be built in a watershed southeast of Hamilton. Revenue from a sales tax county residents passed a decade ago will help pay for the construction. Progress on the project dragged over the years due to issues regarding land use and permitting.
The lake’s treatment plant will provide an estimated supply of more than 1 million gallons of water per day. Although the county will own and manage the lake, it likely will seek help from the Missouri Department of Conservation to manage recreational aspects of the lake.