Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Linn, take Highway 89 northeast 10 miles, then County Road 314 west to the area.


This area contains forest and grassland. Facilities and features: boat ramp, picnic area, fishing jetty, and Ben Branch Lake (39 acres).

About This Area

Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area is in Osage County, ten miles north of Linn off Missouri Highway 89. The Conservation Department purchased most of this 512-acre area in 1978. Since then, additional land was purchased and the area is now 563 acres.

In 1983, 39-acre Ben Branch Lake was constructed. The lake began filling in October of that year and was opened to fishing in 1985.

Approximately 478 acres (83 percent) of the area is heavily wooded. Better soils on the area support white and black oak. Post oak and black oak dominate the poorer soils.

Facilities on the lake include a (12-vehicle) pull-off camping area, a fishing jetty, and privy accessible to persons with disabililties, and two large parking areas.

During your visit to Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area, you may view various land management practices intended to improve the forest resource and enhance the woodland and savanna natural communities. You may see that trees are being thinned or prescribed burning has taken place.  You might even notice cropping in the flatter areas below the dam. This kind of vegetation management will provide for improved wildlife habitat. All practices are implemented to maintain the water quality of Ben Branch Lake's watershed. Watch for vegetation changes over the years and you will see plant communities changing and local wildlife responding to those changes.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Canoeing  On Ben Branch Lake 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Bluegill 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population. Mainly in dove management fields. 
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Ben Branch Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  Asphalt-paved, accessible fishing jetty 
Parking Lotaccessible   
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Disabled Accessible Privy is near the boat ramp. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Beaver Pond 2.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Ben Branch Lake 39.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 454.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 7.00  
Lakes/Ponds 41.00  
Crop Land 12.00  
Old Field 49.00  
Total Area Acres:563.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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