Arcadia Valley’s Lake Killarney

Lake Killarney 09-16-2014On our ramble through the Arcadia Valley, we came around a curve on Hwy 72 just outside of Ironton and saw a beautiful lake set off by a WPA or CCC-era stone wall.

There was a tiny pull-off, but a tailgater kept me from driving into it. I had to go about half a mile until I could turn around in what looked like a church camp parking lot.

Google wasn’t much help. I found a smattering of factoids here and there, but nothing really good. The lake was formed by the 29-foot high Lake Killarney Dam, built in 1911. It’s listed as a private lake with public fishing not permitted, said the Hookandbullet website. The first ironworks in Missouri and west of the Mississippi was erected long Stout’s Creek, near Lake Killarney.

Property values are pretty high, if asking prices are any indication. A 756-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath cabin on .18 acres of lakefront was offered for $73,900. The place didn’t look like anything special, but the view was nice.

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15 Replies to “Arcadia Valley’s Lake Killarney”

  1. Ken,

    I remember going up to Lake Killarney with my parents sometime in the late 40s or early 50s. At that time for some reason the lake had developed a leak and drained all or most of the water out. We “walked” out into the lake a long way on dry ground-like crossing the Red Sea.

    Ron

    1. Would you happen to have any photos of the hotel built around 1951-1952? My great Aunt Lottie Trotter was recently telling us about Grandpa Elmer Campbell building the hotel Straka and working there as a teenager after it was completed.

  2. For many years I attended a Methodist Youth Camp in Arcadia Valley. The beauty of the area and the many good times at camp were fond memories. Thanks for jolting my memory bank.

  3. Lake Killarney is where my mom took her high school graduation trip from Tanner, Missouri High School. Ralph Ford, one of my math (Geometry) teachers at Central was classmate of hers. Even then when I saw the lake I wondered, big deal, 12 years of school and you get this as a trip? Then I remembered that after 12 years in Cape schools we got no trip, so maybe it was not too bad after all. As a side note the guy that sat behind me in Mr. Ford’s class circa 1964 was one Kenny Steinhoff, I wonder what happened to him after all these years. May be Bill Hopkins will know, they were friends in those by gone years.

  4. I went to that Methodist camp around 1959 and it was wonderful. We also took a side trip to Pilot Knob and climbed to the top. What a view.

  5. My Dad and I drove by the lake one day en route to a fishing trip somewhere. He mentioned that he and my Mom honeymooned there and she got such a sunburn on the first day. I often wondered if, well, it affected the … er, ah, you know…I didn’t ask, so still don’t know.

  6. Property values are high?! Are you kidding me…I talked to a guy yesterday who bought two cabins just off the lake on three lots for only $17,000!

  7. Had a house on the lake when I was growing up.. the water bikes were hilarious… it sure don’t look like it used to

  8. When I was 5-6 years old my grandpa fished that lake. It was one of his favorite places to fish. He spent a lot of days there. We lost him in 1967. I had almost forgotten that lake until I saw the name and pictured in Pinterest. If it was allowed, I would go there and fish just to relive some old memories.

  9. I went to that camp met many wonderful kids there. The man head
    of the camp was Will Brock (may be misspelled) it was a fun place.

    Walked down to the dam elephant rock , pilot knob and ect. I moved to California but during the summer we came back and I took my kids there. Will was still there and the kids loved it.
    The Chapel and the cabins was a time I loved. I have been there many times since those were happy times.

    Patti Collinsville ill

  10. My husband & I were there in a boat fishing in the 60’s – I cast out & caught his hat in my lure -He yelled & grab his head; I calmly reeled his hat back in – That was a beautiful place & holds fond memories of our early marriage days – We pastored a small church in Parma, Mo – Just newly weds.

  11. just a note from a current resident…..I remember driving past the lake on my way college at SEMO back in the 80’s. It was a highlight of my trip. Never could have guessed that I’d live there 20-some years later.

    Thought it was beautiful then, still do. My view is not the lake, but the valley east to Fredericktown. On a clear winter’s night, we can see the lights of fredericktown.

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