Long Branch Lake Management Lands

Driving Directions

From Macon, take Highway 63 north 5 miles, then Route AX west 2 miles.


Facilities/features: boat ramps, campgrounds/swimming beach (at Long Branch State Park), and Long Branch Lake.

About This Area

This 4,809-acre area is composed of the 2,355-acre Atlanta tract and the 2,454-acre Long Branch tract. The Conservation Department purchased the Atlanta tract in 1960. The management of the Long Branch tract was assumed in 1978, under license from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The East Fork of the Little Chariton River runs three miles through the NW portion of the Long Branch tract, which includes the upper reaches of Long Branch Lake.

The area is gently rolling, except for the bottomlands. The forest is predominately oak/hickory in the uplands and mixed hardwoods in the lowlands and contains a variety of woodland edge and grassland wildlife. The area also contains three managed marshes, totaling approximately 90 acres, and several natural oxbow lakes.

The Conservation Department manages the resources of this area to provide public recreation and protect soil and water quality. Management practices include farming, timber harvest, and prescribed fire. Some ponds and Long Branch Lake contain a variety of sport fish.

General Information





(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. In Long Branch Lake.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. In Long Branch Lake.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Hybrid striped bass in Long Branch Lake.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, Buffalo, and Drum in Long Branch Lake.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. In wetland units depending on fall precipitation.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lotaccessible   
Viewing Deck/Toweraccessible  Viewing platform is located at the end of Inboard Place. The viewing platform has water in front of it when Long Branch Lake reaches normal pool. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake - Shoreline Long Branch Lake 1.30 miles Walk-in access to Long Branch Lake.  
Stream - Permanent East Fork Little Chariton River 3.50 miles Very limited access to East Fork Little Chariton River. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 580.00  
Wetland 90.16  
Crop Land 330.00  
Lakes/Ponds 500.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 310.00  
Old Field 644.00  
Total Area Acres:2452.36 

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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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