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Published on: May. 2, 2002

Last revision: Nov. 12, 2010

range from one to 182 acres. Fishing and disabled-accessible restroom facilities are available on eight lakes, two of which have disabled-accessible floating fish docks.

You can also enjoy hunting, trapping, dog training, field and retriever trials, horseback riding and nature photography. Or you can target practice at the shooting range. Next time the kids say there's nothing to do, bring them to the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and discover the outdoors!

For more information about programs, area and building hours, or for fishing information, call (636) 441-4554 or visit us online at <www.mdc.mo.gov>.

Busch Programs

Wetlands for Kids - April 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - This event offers plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family. Identify duck species in the "Duckwing Maze," crawl through a beaver lodge or learn what lives in the water. You can also sample waterfowl treats, learn how to call a duck, practice your skills at the shooting range, see and touch live wetland creatures, watch Labrador retrievers at work, create a wetland scene at the art station and much more!

Kids Fishing Fair - May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Only kids age 15 and under will be able to fish lakes 1, 2 and 15. Missouri Department of Conservation staff will be on hand to help kids bait hooks, cast, catch and land their fish. Stations will be set up where the whole family can learn about filleting and cooking fish, casting, tying knots, baiting hooks, boating safety, catch-and-release fishing, fly tying, and more. Participants must bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Each child attending will receive a free fishing goody bag.

Some parking is available at Lakes 1, 2, and 15. A bus will be available to shuttle families from the main parking lot to the lakes.

Rockwoods Reservation

Rockwoods Reservation is an 1,843-acre state forest and wildlife oasis in western St. Louis County. Established in 1938, it is one of the oldest Conservation Department areas and is an important bastion of conservation education in a fast-developing metropolitan area.

Rockwoods harbors a rich diversity of plant and animal life, as well as springs, caves and rock formations. Cool, moist, north-facing ravines and lush creek bottoms contrast with arid, rocky ridgetops and south slopes. The terrain is reminiscent of the Ozark hills, and many plants and animals found there are also found here. Wildlife plantings, brush

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