Maple Leaf Lake CA

Effective Tuesday, May 26 the main parking lot and boat ramp will be closed until further notice.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will replace the main parking lot serving Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area in Lafayette County. Vehicle and boat ramp access will be closed during the project. Anglers will be able to make a quarter-mile walk down the access road and outside the project area to reach the lake to fish from the shore or the fishing docks. MDC will notify the public when the parking lot and boat ramp are reopened. A gravel parking lot on the lake?s east side and another on the west will remain open. Those parking lots also serve as trail heads for a path circling the lake and the conservation area.

This is a short term inconvenience to a long term solution. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

PLEASE PRACTICE proper social distancing while enjoying the area.
Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

About this Area

For more information call
(816) 228-3766
Total Acres

Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area is in southern Lafayette County, nine miles east of Odessa and three miles southwest of the junction of I-70 and Highway 13. This 826-acre area is named for the 140-acre fishing lake that is in the shape of a maple leaf.

The Conservation Department purchased this area in 1989 and completed the dam for Maple Leaf Lake in 1991. The lake was stocked with channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish, and black bass in 1992.

The open fields and wooded draws surrounding the lake are managed for deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, and songbirds through edge feathering, prescribed burning, strip disking, and fescue conversion to small grain and native grasses.

Two small wetlands totaling 12 acres provide waterfowl habitat south of the lake dam.

The area features a disabled-accessible fishing jetty, fishing platforms, and a covered fishing dock. A boat ramp and disabled-accessible privies are located on the west side of the lake.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Dog Training
  • Bird Watching
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Camping
    • Special Use Permit Required
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Dove,
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fishing JettyFishing Jetty
  • Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved

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 the junction of Highway 13 and I-70, take South I-70 Outer Access Road west 3 miles to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information