Long Branch Lake Campgrounds


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Recreational Development at Long Branch Lake is offered through a cooperative agreement between the Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which operates and maintains Long Branch State Park.

The 1,834-acre park consists of three areas, with most development in the Bloomington area on the western shore of the lake. The campground features 83 campsites, with 40 offering electrical hookups. Nine of the basic campsites are secluded walk-in sites close to the lake, and several are designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. The campground features modern restrooms with hot showers.

Several boat launching facilities are offered for access to the lake for fishing and boating. For swimmers, the park provides a sand beach along the shoreline not far from the campground. Picnic tables are scattered near the lake and two open picnic shelters overlooking the lake can be reserved. A Trail, more than a mile long, begins at the dam and follows the shoreline of the lake.

A 160-acre remnant of native prairie is being restored and visitors can see prairie grasses and plants such as big bluestem, Indian grass and wild indigo.

Picnic sites, scattered under trees and along the lake, offer a quiet spot for lunch and a scenic view. Two group shelters are perfect for family gatherings and can be reserved by contacting the park office. Near one of the shelters is a one-mile trail that leads to the lake where benches await, providing a great spot to sit and watch the day go by.


Hours: Year Round
Address: Hwy 36, 2 miles W of Macon, MO
Phone: 660 385-2108
Our Email: LongBranch@Nwk02.usace.army.mil

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Long Branch Lake Fishingmore

Long Branch Lake Fishing
Long Branch Lake FishingLong Branch Lake has an excellent reputation for bass fishing, but anglers can cast their lines for catfish, walleye and crappie as well. The lake's 24 miles of shoreline have many small coves that offer good fishing. Statewide fishing regulations apply.

Long Branch State Park provides visitors with easy access to the lake with boat ramps in all three areas of the park. There is no fee to launch boats at Long Branch. The park's marina offers boat rentals, slips and a store. A partially covered accessible fishing dock is located near the beach.

During lake construction, trees were left standing in the Long Branch arm of the lake and in the coves along the East Fork arm to provide aquatic habitat when the lake filled. Many of the trees are still standing and will continue to provide habitat for years to come.

The Missouri Department of conservation has stocked the lake with game fish including largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead, blue catfish, bluegill and walleye. The Long Branch Lake fishery is managed on an ongoing basis by the Department of Conservation through regular monitoring of fish populations and management measures to maintain the fishing resource.

Walleye

Periodically, walleye fingerlings are stocked by the Department of Conservation to maintain the population. The most popular time to fish for walleye is during the spring spawn. During spawn, walleye seek out the rock riprap areas of the lake, particularly on the face of the dam. The spring spawn usually occurs over a two week period in late March or early April. The length limits for walleye 18" or longer.

Largemouth Bass

Long Branch is known for good-sized largemouth bass. As a general rule however, anglers usually catch fewer fish. The length limits for bass are 15" or longer.

Striped Bass

40,000 striped bass were stocked by the State Department in 2005.

Catfish

Long Branch is one of the best catfish lakes in the state, particularly for channel and blue catfish.

Crappie

In recent years crappie fishing efforts have usually resulted in relative large crappie with fewer than the limit caught.

Long Branch Lake Huntingmore

Long Branch Lake Area Hunting
Long Branch Lake Area HuntingOpportunities for hunting at Long Branch Lake can be found on over 5,500 acres managed by the Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Corps manages approximately 1,000 acres on the east and west side of the lake that are open to public hunting.

The Corps licensed 2,454 acres at the north end of the lake to the Missouri Department of Conservation for wildlife management purposes. Adjacent to this area is the 2,040 acre Department of Conservation owned Atlanta Conservation Area. These two areas are managed as one 4,500 acre unit to make up the Atlanta/Long Branch Conservation Area.

Macon County is a popular Missouri destination for deer and turkey hunters. Numbers of deer and turkey taken each season consistently place Macon county in the top three Missouri counties for deer and turkey.

Long Branch has grown in popularity with waterfowl hunters. The Corps of Engineers, by means of a waterfowl blind permit program, allows the placement of seasonal waterfowl blinds on some areas of the lake.

Long Branch Lake Campingmore

Long Branch Lake Campgrounds
Recreational Development at Long Branch Lake is offered through a cooperative agreement between the Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which operates and maintains Long Branch State Park.

The 1,834-acre park consists of three areas, with most development in the Bloomington area on the western shore of the lake. The campground features 83 campsites, with 40 offering electrical hookups. Nine of the basic campsites are secluded walk-in sites close to the lake, and several are designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. The campground features modern restrooms with hot showers.

Several boat launching facilities are offered for access to the lake for fishing and boating. For swimmers, the park provides a sand beach along the shoreline not far from the campground. Picnic tables are scattered near the lake and two open picnic shelters overlooking the lake can be reserved. A Trail, more than a mile long, begins at the dam and follows the shoreline of the lake.

A 160-acre remnant of native prairie is being restored and visitors can see prairie grasses and plants such as big bluestem, Indian grass and wild indigo.

Picnic sites, scattered under trees and along the lake, offer a quiet spot for lunch and a scenic view. Two group shelters are perfect for family gatherings and can be reserved by contacting the park office. Near one of the shelters is a one-mile trail that leads to the lake where benches await, providing a great spot to sit and watch the day go by.

Long Branch Lake Boatingmore

Long Branch Lake Boating
Long Branch Lake BoatingThe four-mile fetch of open water at Long Branch provides water skiers and sail boaters ample room to maneuver. The main body of the lake is the East Fork arm between the dam and Axtell Road. Timber was left standing in the Long Branch arm of the lake to provide fish habitat with the resulting standing trees making for hazardous boating conditions on that arm of the lake.

Access to the lake is provided by three boat ramps located in the Bloomington, Bee Trace and Macon areas of Long Branch State Park. The boat ramps are open 24 hours a day. There is no fee to launch boats at Long Branch.

Long Branch Marina offers a variety of services to the public including a concession store, bait and fishing supplies, slip rentals, tube rentals, pontoon rentals, and gasoline sales. More boats will be added to the rental fleet in the future. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call the Long Branch Marina at 660-773-5558 if you need additional information about services offered.

Long Branch Lake Trailsmore


The Long Branch State Park has two popular recreation trails:

Lake View Trail is a 1.5-mile trail with a compacted rock surface that leads out to a point and offers scenic views of the lake.

Little Chariton Prairie Trail is 2.7 miles long and winds through the native tallgrass prairie also providing nice views of the lake, along with good examples of flora and fauna.

Long Branch Lake Map

Long Branch Lake Information

Location: Hwy 36, 2 miles W of Macon, MO.

Contact: long.branch@Nwk02.usace.army.mil

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