Stockton, Missouri was formed in 1846 and
is the county seat of Cedar County Missouri. Stockton
is governed by a mayor/council form or government with
a mayor and 4 alderpersons. The original county seat was called Lancaster.
In 1847 the names was changed to Fremont, in honor of
the "Pathfinder", but in 1856 Gen. Fremont became
the Republican candidate for President, and the following
winter the Democratic Legislature changed the name to
Stockton, in honor of Commodore Richard Stockton, of the
navy, who had arrested Fremont during the Mexican War,
and sought to have him disgraced.
has a Museum located in the old city jail and maintained
by the Cedar County Historical Society. The Stockton
R-1 School District is rated AAA, the highest rating given
in Missouri. The largest festival of the year for
Stockon Missouri is the Black Walnut Festival, which includes
4 days of activities. Stockton also has a
senior center and offers a wide array of other activities
Stockton Lake, Missouri...
Stockton Lake was formed in 1969 when the
dam east of Stockton was closed. The lake
reached its normal pool elevation of 867 feet above sea
level in December 1971. It is operated by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and has 25,000 surface acres of
water and 33,000 acres of public land. Stockton
Lake has 10 public use areas, 7 of which have fees collected
by park attendants and 3 which have fees collected by
ranger staff. Each area has a boat ramp close
by for public use and there are beaches in 5 of the areas.
A horse riding trail is located between Orleans Trail
and Hawker Point. A group use area and group
camp area are available by reservation. Stockton
Lake has 3 marinas, each providing a wide variety of services.
Stockton lake is "Missouri's best
kept secret". With 300 miles of shoreline and no
commercial or residential development with the exception
of 3 secluded marina's and various swimming beaches and
campgrounds. Stockton lake is also 1 of the top 10 lakes
in the United States for sailing.