• Lew's Ozarks Fishing Museum

Lew’s Ozarks
Fishing Museum

A Fishing Museum Showcasing the history of Lew's

Preserving the
Lew’s Legacy

The 1,000 sq. ft. museum was incorporated into the original design of the new Lew's building and it has been under development since the fishing tackle company occupied the facility last September. Approximately half of the museum is dedicated to the history of Lew's, with the balance of the space used to house a variety of other collections significant to the region, including the J.D. Fletcher White River collection.

Many of the Lew's items have come from Reeves personal collecting efforts, while the rest has come either through company purchases or donations by individuals.

Lew Childre introduced a lot of industry 'firsts' from the 1950s to the 1980s, many of which are still used in today's fishing gear. The man and his innovations deserve a place of preservation in fishing's history.

Lynn Reeves

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Remembering
How it all
Started

Among the most prized possessions are one of the Lew's gold rings that Childre used to recognize special friends and achievements, the original pistol grip rod handles that Childre's fishing buddy Shag Shahid hand-carved from wood and that ultimately led to Lew's Speed Sticks being the country's best-selling bass rods in the 1970s, and some vintage movie footage of Lew Childre fishing.

The J.D. Fletcher White River collection consists of more than 5,000 lures, a variety of other antique fishing items and scores of old photos relevant to the late Fletcher's long history of guiding in and around the Table Rock Lake and White River area.

Additional collections include an on-loan assortment of Clark's Water Scout baits that were originally made in Springfield by the C.A. Clark Mfg. Co., and also a display of spinnerbaits from Springfield's old 3 J Bait Company.

Among the most prominent museum items by size are a float boat typical of the ones once common to the upper stretches of the White River, vintage outboard motors and trolling motors, and a 1975 Ranger bass boat.

The future of our organization is a direct result of the heritage and culture of innovation Lew’s has boasted from the very beginning and there is no better place to see this evolution of innovation than the Ozarks Fishing Museum.

Ken Eubanks

Lew’s Holding Corp. CEO

Visit the
Lew’s Ozarks
Museum

The Lew's Ozarks Fishing Museum is accessed through the adjacent Sportsman's Factory Outlet store. Museum hours are the same as Sportsman’s Factory Outlet and both are located just off Interstate 44 in Springfield, MO. Use exit 84 followed by Parallel Lane to museum. Museum admission is free.

  • Ozarks Fishing Museum
  • 3031 North Martin
  • Springfield, MO 65803
  • Monday - Friday | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. CT
  • Saturday | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT