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Published on: May. 2, 1996

Last revision: Oct. 21, 2010

see shore birds, however.

Hunting and fishing are subject to special area regulations. For group and school tours and programs call (573) 754-6171 or (573) 248-2530.

August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area

The popular August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area continues to get better! Many new facilities and program improvements have been made to accommodate a wide array of interests. The area is located 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis along Highway 94 in St. Charles County.

All around this conservation oasis, housing developments, highways and industry have sprouted from once productive wildlife habitat. The importance of this 6,987-acre area among the encroaching urban sprawl has never been more evident than today.

Renovation of area lakes to remove silt and create fish habitat will improve the lakes for fish and fishermen. New fishing facilities for the disabled include covered fishing docks and privies on Lakes 33 and 34, two of the area's 36 fishing lakes. Several lakes have catch-and-release fishing, including one that is stocked with smallmouth bass. Fishing is now allowed all year.

There is a new trap/skeet overlay at the Busch shooting range which is accessible to all shooters. Trap and skeet targets are loaded by area personnel and the shooter pays only $3 per round of 25 targets to participate. Shooters will also enjoy new asphalt pathways on the rifle/pistol range.

Nature education programs have always been popular on the area. Trained interpreters provide educational programs on a variety of topics, from "Wild Edibles" to "What Lives in the Water." A newsletter "Busch Bulletin" is available free to those who subscribe and provides a list of upcoming programs and activities.

A number of larger events also take place on Busch, including "Kids Fishing Day" (second Saturday in May), "Family Fishing Fair" (second Saturday in June), and "Hunting and Fishing Heritage Day" (fourth Saturday in September) when visitors may learn more about conservation issues and participate in hands-on activities.

A popular foot trail (Fallen Oak Trail) has been completely renovated to accommodate many people, including those with small children. This trail is a .7-mile excursion through forest habitat. A self-guiding brochure helps visitors learn more about forest wildlife, openland habitat and a variety of plants. Should a visitor not have the time or ambition for a stroll, they might consider taking the 8.7-mile self-guided Auto Tour, which highlights various trails, habitat types and history of the area.

Hunting is another popular attraction at this conservation area. Opportunities at

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