Atlanta Conservation Area

About this Area

Total Acres

Atlanta Conservation Area

Sunrise on Atlanta CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Dove,
    • Deer
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites,
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Shooting Range
    • Rifle or Pistol
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Rifle / Pistol RangeRifle / Pistol Range
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • Dove FieldDove Field

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Macon, take Highway 63 north 5 miles, then Route AX west 2 miles, and Jupiter Avenue north 2.50 miles.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Atlanta CA
Range Id
Maintenance Days
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Range Type
Target Distance
Disabled Access
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information