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Osage County is home to public parks, historical sites and recreation areas as well. Nine Missouri Conservation Areas cover almost 3,000 acres, many on one or more of the county’s major rivers (Missouri, Osage and Gasconade). See for yourself!

 

Osage County

Conservation Areas:
 

BEN BRANCH LAKE

  • Directions:
    10 miles northeast of Linn on Hwy 89
  • 499 acres of activities:
    Fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, canoeing, hiking (0.4 mi. loop), boat ramp on the lake, parking, picnic area

COOPER HILL

  • Directions:
    Rt. A 2.5 miles south of Sterling; 2.75 miles west on Rt. D to the village of Cooper Hill
  • 214 acres of activities:
    Fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, canoeing, hiking (no trails), boat ramp, parking, stream access (Gasconade River)

BONNOTS MILL ACCESS

  • Directions:
    In Bonnots Mill, Rt. A north of Hwy. 50
  • 6 acres of activities:
    Fishing, bird watching, camping, parking, boat ramp, canoeing, stream access (Osage River)

CHAMOIS ACCESS

  • Directions:
    In Chamois Public Park just off Hwy. 100
  • 1 acre on the Missouri River:
    Fishing, canoeing, bird watching, boat ramp, parking, river access; (commercial) Lewis and Clark Discovery Camp Ground, 5 RV and tent camping stations equipped with water and electric hookups and dump 

DR. BERNARD BRUNS ACCESS

  • Directions:
    North of Westphalia off Hwy. 63
  • 77 acres of activities:
    Fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, canoeing, boat ramp, parking, stream access (Maries River)

PAINTED ROCK

  • Directions:
    7 miles southwest of Westphalia on Hwy. 133, or 8 miles north of Meta on Hwy. 133
  • 1,480 acres of activities:
    Fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, canoeing, hiking (1.6 mi. loop), boat ramp, stream access (Osage River), viewing deck/tower

POINTERS CREEK ACCESS

  • Directions:
    8 miles southeast of Linn on Hwy. CC, then east
    on Cnty. Rd. RA
  • 9 acres of activities:
    Fishing, bird watching, camping, canoeing, boat ramp, parking, stream access (Gasconade River)

ROLLINS FERRY ACCESS

  • Directions:
    South of Linn at Rt. E and Hwy. 89
  • 16 acres of activities:
    Fishing, bird watching, camping, canoeing, boat ramp, parking, stream access (Gasconade River)

SMOKEY WATERS

  • Directions:
    2 miles east of Osage City on Engineers Rd.
  • 976 acres of activities:
    Fishing, Hunting, bird watching, canoeing, hiking (no trails), parking, stream access (Missouri and Osage Rivers)

Go to Missouri Department of Conservation for more information

 

Geocaching:

A New Way to Say “Welcome

to Osage County!”

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.  The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.  Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

These are the steps to create a cache:

1. You will need a watertight container in which you place a log book and some of your treasures, such as small toys, pencils, pens, souvenir items, coloring books, etc. The person that discovers your cache takes an item out and replaces it with something of equal value.

2. Place the cache in a place where it will not be disturbed, but can easily be found on the hunt.

3. Register your cache on line at www.geocaching.com. It is easy to do! Just follow the directions on the website.

Geocaching was started in May of 2000. Today there are over two million active caches around the world. There are already more than 125 caches in Osage County, in a 25 mile radius of Linn.