August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

Jump to the Busch Area’s Conservation Atlas page for full details, including permitted recreation activities/opportunities, facilities, lakes and ponds, trails, and history, as well as maps, brochures, and regulations.

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 3,000-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is home to the St. Louis regional office, which includes a visitor center. With hiking trails and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, the Busch Area is also your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.

Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay to enjoy our exhibits, including a 1,300-gallon aquarium. Catch one of our free nature programs, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or wet a line in some of our 32 fishable lakes and ponds.

Contact info

Find our address, phone and Google map in the Address Information block to the right.

Building Hours

  • Open year-round, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Closed all state holidays and Thanksgiving weekend

Area Hours

  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Directions

South on Highway 94 from Highway 40/61. West 1.5 miles on Highway D.

Free programs and other fun stuff

Activities are available for school groups, youth organizations, and the general public by reservation. Topics include aquatic ecology, forest ecology, reptiles, birds, trees, and more. We welcome you to join our staff on an owl prowl, a fall color walk, or a spring frog walk. Contact area headquarters for more information.

Kids fishing opportunities

The Busch Area is a great place to bring the kids out for a fun day of fishing. The area has excellent opportunities for kids to learn to fish, including Kids Fishing Lake, Kids Fishing events, and seasonal opportunities to catch large numbers of wild crappie, bluegill and bass.

Shooting range information

Visit the August A. Busch Conservation Area Shooting Range web page under Related Information below for details about location, hours, facilities, and regulations.

Busch Conservation Area Events
EventDate
Basic Handgun (Reserve by April 18)Wed, 04/23
Discovery Table: Bird ID & FlyawaysSat, 04/26
Discover Nature-Fishing: Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling (Reserve by May 2)Sat, 05/03
Pictures in the Sun - Natural Art Project (Reserve by May 7)Thu, 05/08
Youth .22 Rifle (Reserve by May 8)Sat, 05/10

View all Busch Conservation Area events