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Big Lake is a 646-acre oxbow lake in Holt County, Missouri near Big Lake, Missouri. It is believed to have formed from the Missouri River sometime before Lewis & Clark visited the area in 1804. It is the largest oxbow lake in the state of Missouri.

Big Lake State Park, a 407-acre state park was established on the lake's northeast side in 1932. The State Park also includes the largest marsh in a state park in Missouri. The remaining two-thirds of the lake shore is occupied by privately owned cabins and residences.

  • Total 2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)
  • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
  • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
  • Elevation 856ft (261 m)
  • Density 75.0/sq mi (29.0/km2)
  • Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
  • FIPS code 29-05495
  • GNIS feature ID 1669587
  • Coordinates: 40°  424N  95°  213W

Interesting Facts
  • Big Lake is a village in Holt County, Missouri, United States. The population was 156 at the 2011 census.
  • The village is located on the 646-acre Big Lake which is the largest oxbow lake in Missouri. It is also adjacent to Big Lake State Park which has the largest marsh in a state park in the state of Missouri.
  • The actual lake of Big Lake was originally part of the Missouri River. The lake was formed when the river changed its course leaving a lake behind.
  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 square miles, of which, 1.7 square miles of it is land and 1.0 square miles of it (36.23% is water.)
  • Big Lake is about 10 miles west of Mound City on Route 111 off of Route 118.
  • Big Lake is only about five miles from the village of Rulo, Nebraska.

As of the census of 2012 the total population is 159.
  • 52.20% Male
  • 47.80% Female