Atlanta Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Macon, take Highway 63 north 5 miles, then Route AX west 2 miles, and Jupiter Avenue north 2.50 miles.


This area contains forest, old fields, cropland and grassland. Facilities/features: a firearms range and fishable ponds.

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 to protect soil and water quality. Management practices include farming, timber harvest and prescribed fire. Most area ponds and Long Branch Lake contain a variety of sport fish.

The conservation area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping designated in 12 areas on the Atlanta portion of the conservation area. No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  On the Atlanta portion, except during firearms deer and turkey hunting seasons. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. In ponds 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. In ponds 4, 8, 9, and 11 and Long Branch Creek.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Bluegill in ponds 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11.  
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 Fair 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. On wetland units depending on fall precipitation. 
Other  Atlanta Shooting Range - This is an unmanned range with two shooting benches and a shooting range of approximately 80 yards. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Other Pond 8 Boat Ramp  Gravel boat ramp. Electric motors only. 
Other Atlanta Shooting Range  This is an unstaffed range with two shooting benches and a shooting range of approximately 80 yards.  
Otheraccessible  Disabled Hunting Accesses  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 1.50 acres Construction has been completed and water levels will rise with rainfall. Pond will be restocked in the near future.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 4 1.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 6 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 7 1.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 8 4.50 acres Gravel boat ramp. Electric motors only.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 9 0.40 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 11 3.00 acres  
Fishless Pond Bait Pond 0.01 acres Located at area access off of Highway 63.  
Other Heron Rookery 0.00 count  
Stream - Permanent Long Branch Creek 4.00 miles Limited access available. Limited fishing opportunities for catfish and sunfish. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 382.00  
Lakes/Ponds 12.35  
Forest and Woodland 802.00  
Old Field 534.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 483.00  
Wetland 142.00 Depending on fall precipitation. 
Total Area Acres:2355.35 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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