The Thomas Hill Reservoir Conservation Area property is owned by Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. of Springfield, MO. The reservoir was constructed to provide a source of water to cool the power plant during energy production. The area is managed by the Conservation Department under a multi-year lease.
The area consists of the 4,950-acre Thomas Hill Reservoir, surrounded by 5,284 acres of land which is approximately 60% open and 40% forested. The area has 2.2 miles of stream frontage on the Middle Fork of the Little Chariton River.
The north end of the reservoir features several wetland units, created and maintained by beavers, that attract a variety of nesting and migrating birds.
Management of the area includes farming, timber harvest, and controlled burns to improve wildlife habitat and increase species diversity. The public is restricted from a small portion of the area near the power plant.
To view information about Thomas Hill Lake, published on the Missouri Dept. of Conservation's website:
Thomas Hill Lake