Sports and Recreation


The Stoddard County area offers a great climate for business as well as pleasure. Our abundance of parks, tennis courts, swimming pools and golf courses make it possible for everyone to relax and enjoy life.

If you enjoy fishing, head to the Duck Creek Wildlife Management Area for bluegill or bass. AtMingo National Wildlife Refuge, fishing is permitted for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Just a half-hour west of Stoddard County is Lake Wappapello where you can fish, boat or just soak up some sun.

Golfers can enjoy a game at Crowley’s Ridge Recreation Center in Bloomfield or Hidden Trails Country Club in Dexter. Pack up a picnic and head to any one of our city’s parks. You’ll find them clean and green! Maybe you’d enjoy an afternoon of antiquing. Stoddard County has an abundance of antique stores and flea markets. The kids won’t get bored with a visit to theBootheel Youth Museum, located just south of Stoddard County in Malden. This hands-on museum offers 50 exhibits for children to explore.

Art exhibits, concerts and sporting events are just 42 miles away at Cape Girardeau’s Southeast Missouri State University or the Show-Me Center. Poplar Bluff, 25 miles west of Stoddard County hosts national events at its new Black River Coliseum.

Civil War history abounds throughout Southeast Missouri and in Bloomfield, birthplace of the famous military newspaper Stars and Stripes, visit the new Stars and Stripes Museum/Library.