Busch (August A) Mem CA

About this Area

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The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1947 from the federal government. Mrs. August A. Busch Sr. donated a portion ($70,000) of the cost toward the purchase of the area as a memorial to her late husband. 

In the early 1940s, the area was used by the Department of Army as a TNT munitions plant to support the World War II effort. There are still 100 of the old TNT storage bunkers that exist on the area.

The Department encourages recreational use of the area by the public, while furnishing fish and wildlife with the resources necessary to be healthy and abundant. We encourage you to walk the hiking trails, drive the auto tour, photograph the wildlife, or simply sit under a tree and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors.

Hunting for a variety of wildlife species is allowed on the area. Special regulations exist for most of the hunting activities, please check the Area Regulations section or with the office for current regulations. 

Portions of the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area were used by the Department of Army in the 1940s for TNT and DNT production and by the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1960s for uranium ore processing. The affected portions were all part of a federal environmental cleanup project and required to meet certain environmental health and safety standards.

The area is now considered to be safe for all recreational pursuits allowed on the area, as well as the wildlife found within the area.

To find out more about the history of these activities on the area, you can visit the Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center located at 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO, 63304.

Features: Spring is 20 gallons per day. Land Cover type: Forest and Woodland 3,035 acres.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Trout,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Black Bass,
    • White Bass,
    • Sunfish
  • Bird Watching
  • Dog Training
  • Boat Rentals
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Dove,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel
  • Managed Hunts
    • Turkey
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Archery Range (Disabled Accessible)Archery Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hike / Bike TrailHike / Bike Trail
  • Viewing PlatformViewing Platform
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service

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
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
From Interstate 64 in St. Charles County, take Highway 94 south to Route D, then west 1.50 miles to the area.
Shooting Range Info
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

Sunset at Busch CA Lake 33

Sunset at Busch CA Lake 33
Sunset at Busch CA Lake 33
Storm just passed over Lake 33 at Busch Memorial CA

Sunset at Busch Mem CA Lake 33

Sunset at Busch Mem CA Lake 33
Sunset at Busch Mem CA Lake 33
Storm just passed over Lake 33 at Busch Memorial CA

Sunrise on Lake 4, Busch Mem CA

Sunrise on Lake 4, Busch Mem CA
Sunrise on Lake 4, Busch Mem CA
Sun reflecting off the ice on the edges of the

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The evening sky is reflected in the water at Lake 33.  A pier and small building are visible on the other side of the lake.
Busch CA Lake 33 in St. Charles county.
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