Manito Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Tipton, take Highway 5 south 4.50 miles, then East Manito Road west 0.50 mile to the area.


Manito is uplands, fields divided by brushy fencelines and drainages, and woodlands that surround the lake. The 77 acre, Manito Lake, is a predominant feature of the area. The lake has accomodations for shoreline fishing, disabled access parking and fishing jetties, a privy and boat ramp.

About This Area

Manito Lake Conservation Area is in western Moniteau County near Fortuna. The area was purchased in 1981 and is 871 acres in size.

The rolling uplands combine a mix of grassland, oldfields, and cropland divided by brushy fencelines and drainages. The area is managed to provide year-round food and cover for upland wildlife.

Manito is an American Indian word that means great spirit. Manito is also a variation of the county name, Moniteau.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
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. Dove hunting is seasonally dependant upon crops raised to attract migrating birds. 
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. Hunting pressure usually heavy; scattered brushpiles and edge feathering offer good habitat.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Boat ramp offers access to Manito Lake.  
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible   
Parking Lotaccessible  Parking lot located at Manito Lake boat ramp is disabled accessible.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Manito Lake 77.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Non-Stocked Pond  1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 173.00  
Old Field 347.00  
Crop Land 124.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 104.00  
Lakes/Ponds 79.00  
Glade 8.00  
Native Prairie 36.00 Prairie Remnants on small scattered tracts 
Total Area Acres:870.63 

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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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