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.


The water level in Lake 36 is being lowered several feet to prepare for a shoreline construction project. Construction will begin in July and will improve access for shoreline fishing activities. We do not expect any total lake closures during this process, but some parts of the lake may be closed to access. Please be patient as we work to improve angling access. If you have any questions, please call the area office at 636-441-4554.

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 6,987-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 28 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 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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.

Looking for a field trip destination in the St. Louis area? Use this guide to plan your next field trip to August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, Rockwoods Reservation, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, or Forest Park.

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Take your class to Busch Memorial Conservation Area, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, Forest Park or Rockwoods Reservation.

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