MDC re-opens parking lot and boat launch ramp at Maple Leaf Conservation Area

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Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has re-opened the main parking lot at the Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area in Lafayette County. MDC closed the lot and the access road to vehicle traffic during a project to improve the parking site. Completion of the project also gives anglers and boaters access to the boat launch ramp and the fishing docks.

MDC revamped the parking lot by replacing asphalt in poor condition with concrete. The new lot has almost the same number of spaces but a smaller footprint. There is also an additional overflow parking area and four van accessible ADA parking spaces. Construction work for the $437,191 project was done by MegaKC company of North Kansas City.

The centerpiece of the Maple Leaf Conservation Area is a 140-acre lake popular with anglers. A fishing dock accessible to all is also reached via the main parking lot. The area also has a gravel parking lot on the lake’s east side and another off the west entrance road. A hiking trail circles the lake.

For more information on the Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area, and maps, visit MDC offers a variety of public fishing accesses and lakes throughout western Missouri. To find them, try MDC’s free MO Fishing app,