Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From the junction of Highway 13 and I-70, take South I-70 Outer Access Road west 3 miles to the area.


This area contains a large lake with boat ramp, fishing jetties, and small ponds.

About This Area

Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area is in southern Lafayette County, nine miles east of Odessa and three miles southwest of the junction of I-70 and Highway 13. This 826-acre area is named for the 140-acre fishing lake that is in the shape of a maple leaf.

The Conservation Department purchased this area in 1989 and completed the dam for Maple Leaf Lake in 1991. The lake was stocked with channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish, and black bass in 1992.

The open fields and wooded draws surrounding the lake are managed for deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, and songbirds through edge feathering, prescribed burning, strip disking, and fescue conversion to small grain and native grasses.

Two small wetlands totaling 12 acres provide waterfowl habitat south of the lake dam.

The area features a disabled-accessible fishing jetty, fishing platforms, and a covered fishing dock. A boat ramp and disabled-accessible privies are located on the west side of the lake.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Waterfowl and shore birds are commonly seen. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping by Special Use Permit only for youth groups. Contact the area manager at Burr Oak Woods (816) 228-3766 for a Special Use permit application. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Maple Leaf Lake  
Dog Training   
Fishing - Bass  Maple Leaf Lake good; Entrance Pond fair; Spillway Pond fair; West Silt Basin fair.  
Fishing - Catfish  Maple Leaf Lake fair; Spillway Pond stocked in 2013; West Silt Basin stocked in 2013.  
Fishing - Crappie  Population: Maple Leaf Lake fair  
Fishing - Sunfish  Population: Maple Leaf Lake fair for small bluegill and fair redear; Entrance Road Pond bluegill good, redear fair; Spillway Pond bluegill fair, redear fair; West Silt Basin bluegill good, redear good  
Hiking  Four and one-half miles of interior access trails will guide hikers around the entire area. The trail surface is mowed grass.  
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.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. 140-acre lake and seasonal marsh.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Contact the area manager at Burr Oak Woods (816) 228-3766 for a Special Use Permit application.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Maple Leaf Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Youth Group Camping (by Special Use Permit)  Camping by Special Use Permit only for Youth Groups. 
Dock - Fishingaccessible  Maple Leaf Lake  
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  Maple Leaf Lake  
Parking Lotaccessible   
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Adjacent to parking lot, fishing dock, and fishing jettys at Maple Leaf Lake.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond East Silt Basin 4.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Maple Leaf Lake 140.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Spillway Pond 5.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond West Silt Basin 6.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Entrance Road Pond 1.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  3.00 acres  
Other Interior Access Trail 0.00 count 4.5 mile interior access trail available for hiking. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 65.00  
Old Field 453.00 Predominantly fescue and shrubs. 
Forest and Woodland 30.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 110.00 Native warm season grass plantings. 
Wetland 12.00 Includes 11.5-acre marsh. 
Lakes/Ponds 156.00  
Total Area Acres:826.60 

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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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