Missouri Outdoors

Long Branch Lake

Long Branch Lake Macon Mo Fishing

Long Branch Lake is located in Long Branch State Park which is a state park in the US state of Missouri consisting of 1,828.47 acres.  The park is located in Macon County, along the Long Branch Reservoir which is two miles west of Macon, MO on Highway 36.

Long Branch State Park was created by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 1983 after reaching a long term lease agreement with the Corps of Engineers for use of the land.

Boating: There are no horsepower restrictions on motors used on Long Branch Lake.  Three paved launching ramps are located at various points along the lake shore. A marina is available as well.  Water skiing is allowed in most areas of the lake.

Camping: Camping is allowed year-round although some services such as dump station, showers, potable water, and campsite reservations are limited to on-season camping (April through October). Eighty-three improved campsites are available for use, as well as other walk-in/hike-in unimproved sites at other locations in the park. In 2012 free Wi-Fi access was added to the campground and other areas of the park.

Fishing: Bass fishing is particularly popular at the lake, but walleye, crappie, and catfish are also found. A fishing dock is provided near the swimming beach. Bass and Walleye have length limits of fifteen and eighteen inches respectively.

Hiking: Long Branch State Park has three trails for use, in lengths of .6 mile, 1.5 mile, and 7.5 miles.

Swimming: A sand beach complete with volleyball court is located near the park campground. A changehouse is provided. 

Wildlife viewing: The large public acreage surrounding the lake provide many opportunities for viewing white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and migratory waterfowl.