If you 're looking for a new location to go fishing, or just want a destination for a day trip in the Show Me state, we may have a spot just for you.

About an hour and a half from Sedalia is a newly re-opened lake in west central Missouri. It's located northwest of Archie and southwest of Harrisonville in Cass County.

Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area is located in a region once known as "The Kingdom of Amarugia," where a group of people formed their own government and had their own society. A series of prominent hills in this region is still known as the Amarugia Highlands. The hills in the southern portion of the Conservation Area are part of these highlands.
The 1,081-acre area was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1983. One of its main attractions is the man-made 45-acre Amarugia Lake, which was completed in 1987. The lake was stocked in 1988 with channel catfish, largemouth bass,and bluegill. The lake was renovated recently in 2014 and restocked in 2016 with largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The area also has numerous small ponds and a short stretch of the South Grand River.
Terrain varies from bottom land open fields to rolling upland grasslands and woodlands. Openlands are managed for a variety of game and non-game wildlife species. Haying, cropping and controlled burning are used to maintain plant diversity in open areas. Habitat plantings include trees, shrubs and native grasses and forbs.
Disabled accessible fishing, parking and toilets are available on the area. A boat ramp is located on the lake.

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