Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area

About this Area

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Total Acres

Ben Branch Lake CA

Field at Ben Branch Lake CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area is in Osage County, ten miles north of Linn off Missouri Highway 89. The Conservation Department purchased most of this 512-acre area in 1978. Since then, additional land was purchased and the area is now 563 acres.
In 1983, 39-acre Ben Branch Lake was constructed. The lake began filling in October of that year and was opened to fishing in 1985.
Approximately 478 acres (83 percent) of the area is heavily wooded. Better soils on the area support white and black oak. Post oak and black oak dominate the poorer soils.
Facilities on the lake include a (12-vehicle) pull-off camping area, a fishing jetty, and privy accessible to persons with disabilities, and two large parking areas.
During your visit to Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area, you may view various land management practices intended to improve the forest resource and enhance the woodland and savanna natural communities.You may see that trees are being thinned or prescribed burning has taken place. You might even notice cropping in the flatter areas below the dam.This kind of vegetation management will provide for improved wildlife habitat. All practices are implemented to maintain the water quality of Ben Branch Lake's watershed. Watch for vegetation changes over the years and you will see plant communities changing and local wildlife responding to those changes.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing DockFishing Dock
  • Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved

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 Linn, take Highway 89 northeast 10 miles, then County Road 314 west to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

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Ben Branch Lake
Ben Branch Lake

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A concrete boat ramp extends into a lake. The lake is lined with gravel along a road, and trees on the opposite shore.
Boat ramp at Ben Branch Lake