The Lewis Family, Dean, Anna Mae and David D. Lewis Memorial Conservation Area, located northeast of Branson and consisting of 362 acres, was made possible through the generosity of David D. Lewis, who passed away in December 2009. David was born and raised in Rockaway Beach and worked for Sears in Springfield for nearly 40 years. He was known for his humility and frugality. The area, which was opened to the public in December 2013, consists of a mix of upland and bottomland forest, woodland, savanna, and glades, and contains several small wildlife watering holes. Bull Creek runs through the southern portion of the area and empties into Lake Taneycomo approximately 2 ½ miles downstream. A parking lot has been constructed on the east side of the area along Highway 176. Greg Cassell, Resource Forester for the Department said, “Mr. Lewis contacted the Department back in 2008 and expressed his interest in donating the land. He was passionate about preserving his family’s homestead and sharing it with generations to come. Folks coming to the area have the opportunity to enjoy a range of outdoor activities including hiking an old woods road, bird watching, fishing along Bull Creek, and hunting small game, turkey, and deer. This is just a wonderful donation and the fact that the area is so close to Branson makes it even that more special.”
Directions to The Lewis Family, Dean, Anna Mae and David D. Lewis Memorial Conservation Area: From Hwy 465/Hwy 65/Hwy F intersection on the north side of Branson, travel east on Hwy F 3.4 miles to Hwy 160. Turn right and go southeast ¼ mile to Hwy 176. Turn right and go south 2/3 mile to parking lot on the right (west) side of Hwy 176.