Stockton State Park is a state park in the US state of Missouri consisting of 2,175.90 acres (8.8 km2) located in Cedar County
. The clear blue waters of Stockton Lake
make Stockton State Park an ideal destination for water recreation. Located on a peninsula that juts northward between the Big and Little Sac arms of the lake, the 2,074-acre (8.39 km2) park offers easy access to the lake and its many recreational opportunities.
The first permanent settlements in the area were established in the 1830s. Stockton became the county seat of Cedar County in 1846. The town was first named Lancaster, later changed to Fremont and then to Stockton in 1859 in honor of a Mexican War commander, I.F. Stockton. Stockton has earned the distinction as the Black Walnut Capital of the World and celebrates by hosting the Black Walnut Festival each year in September.
Stockton State Park offers easy access to the lake and everything needed for a day on the water. Fishing boats, pontoon boats, personal watercrafts and sailboats can be rented at the park's marina, which also can supply gas, fishing tackle, groceries and camping supplies. The park has two boat ramps and 320 boat stalls, including more than 70 designed just for sailboats. Fishermen casting their lines can anticipate catching bass, crappie, walleye, catfish or bluegill. A quiet cove or secluded shoreline is not hard to find. The clear waters of Stockton Lake make it a popular place to scuba dive. Visitors can also cool off in the water or lounge on the park's swimming beach, complete with a change house. On-shore entertainment options include playground equipment, photography, bird watching and large open areas perfect for sports.