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Situated on the banks of Long Branch Lake, Long Branch State Park is an ideal recreation destination for water enthusiasts as well as nature lovers. Visitors can take advantage of all the recreation options the lake has to offer, or hike through a restored prairie.
Access to Long Branch Lake is provided via three boat ramps, catering to visitors wanting to boat, water ski or find a quiet cove for fishing. The park's marina offers covered boat slips, boat rentals and a store. The lake has an excellent reputation for bass fishing, but anglers can also cast their lines for catfish and crappie. An accessible fishing dock is available. A sand swimming beach provides a terrific place for fun and sun.
Eighty-three campsites, ranging from basic to electric, are located in a wooded area bordering the native prairie and near the lake. Nine secluded walk-in campsites are nestled near the lake's shore. Campground facilities include modern restrooms with hot showers.
Picnic sites, scattered under trees and along the lake, offer a quiet site for lunch and a scenic view. Two group shelters 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 State Park Campground Information.
Long Branch State Park offers basic and electric campsites and a special-use camping area. Services include a dump station, showers and water. There are also several walk-in basic campsites available.
The special-use area is designated for camping and other outdoor activities specifically for organized nonprofit youth groups.
Picnic sites, scattered under trees and along the lake, offer a quiet spot for lunch and a scenic view. The park has two open picnic shelters that can be reserved for $30 per day by contacting the park office at (660) 773-5229. If not reserved, the shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge. Both shelters are equipped with electricity, picnic tables, an outdoor grill and restroom facilities nearby.
Recreation - Boat Launch
There are three boat launches located at different points on Long Branch Lake. All of the ramps are paved. There are no launch fees or horsepower restrictions for boats on the lake.
The 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 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. A partially covered accessible fishing dock is located near the beach. Statewide fishing regulations apply. The length limits for bass are 15" or longer and for walleye 18" or longer.
A sand beach near the campground, complete with a volleyball net, provides swimmers access to the lake. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. There is no lifeguard on duty so swimming is at your own risk. A changehouse facility is located near the beach for your convenience
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
28615 Visitor Center Road
Macon, MO 63552