Belcher Branch Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From St. Joseph, take I-29 south to Faucett (Exit 35), then Route DD east 3 miles, then County Road 330 Road south 0.75 mile to the area entrance.


This tract is mostly cropland and old fields with some forest and grassland.

About This Area

The Conservation Department purchased this area in 1989 and completed construction of Belcher Branch Lake in June 1992.

In addition to the 55-acre Belcher Branch Lake, the area contains cropland, grasslands, and timber. The area surrounding the lake features modestly sloping terrain with well-drained soils, including a thick layer of loess on the upland portions.

The Conservation Department manages the forest, fish, and wildlife resources of this area to provide for public recreation and to protect soil and water quality. Farming, mowing, discing, and prescribed burning are used to improve wildlife habitat.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  Belcher Branch Lake   
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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   Belcher Branch Lake   
Dock - Fishingaccessible   
Parking Lotaccessible  1 ADA  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.00 acres #1  
Fishing Lake or Pond Belcher Branch Lake 55.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 55.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 104.00  
Lakes/Ponds 59.00  
Old Field 82.00  
Other 5.00  
Forest and Woodland 100.00  
Total Area Acres:405.00 

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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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