Long Branch State Park
Long Branch State Park
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Looking for a place to get a watersports fix? Long Branch State Park’s three boat ramps provide access to sprawling and picturesque Long Branch Lake. Want to get some fishing in? The park offers some of the best bass fishing in northern Missouri and its swimming beach a is a favorite for families. More than 80 campsites make the park a perfect place for overnight stays. And the park’s native prairie offers peaceful hiking opportunities.
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Chris F
Macon, MO66 contributions
When you get to the actual lake, there is plenty of parking.
The marina shop has scoops of ice cream, fountain sodas and many fishing supplies with a wooden deck right outside to take in the scenery.
They also sell fish pellets to feed lots of catfish right outside.
They have grills for cooking. A section off area for swimming.
There are parking spots large enough for a truck pulling a boat.
Picnic tables for a relaxing meal.
Not a lot of boats on the water like some lakes.
AWESOME kids playground right before you get to the lake with a shaded pavilion and lots of room to run away from the road. A water fountain with two spouts and a faucet below to either fill up a large water jug or let the kids play with.
Walking trail that leads to the lake.
One of the best places to stop in Macon.
Written September 4, 2014
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Shoe51
Caledonia, MI13 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
We stayed overnight (RV) when traveling through Missouri.
This is one of the nicest State Parks we've been to in a long time. Excellent boating lake, picnic areas, and RV sites. Definitely a vacation destination if you live within easy driving distance of northern Missouri.

Clean, level, paved sites. (Some sites are huge!). Beautiful wooded setting on large lake. (Recycling containers are available. Travel from Macon exit of I-70 to Park. (Ignore GPS recommendation when traveling eastbound on I-70 and continue east to Macon exit, follow signs.) Note that we don’t carry a TV around so no cable service is necessary nor could I assess access. We use the fifth-wheel primarily to have a comfortable place to sleep, a toilet and shower that don’t offer surprises, and someplace to store food. Other than that, we live outside!
Written October 23, 2013
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Edge W
Columbia, MO1,082 contributions
Oct 2012 • Friends
I've been to Long Branch SP alone and with friends many times throughout the seasons for several years. The campground is one of the best in Missouri for shady, semi-secluded sites.

The lake attracts many kinds of birds--gulls (including some unusual species), ducks, geese, grebes, and even Snow Buntings.

The restored prairie is a good introduction to that habitat.

The wind can get pretty wicked at the park on a winter day, so if you wander around much there in winter, dress for it.

The warning about the ranger is "spot on". The guy doesn't have much to do, so is really tough about people stopping cars on the dam to look at the birds, people going too fast, and even people parked where there are signs for no parking.

Non-winterized restrooms are closed seasonally.
Written November 22, 2012
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nghtrn03
Wentzville, MO54 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We recently purchased an RV and wanted to see new places in Missouri. Found this gem by accident. Very family friendly, including the four legged ones, awesome swimming area, country store, walking trails and fishing. We have been back four times this year and the kids love the visitors center. A must stop for a weekend or two.
Written October 18, 2016
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Terrie F
Pagosa Springs, CO87 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
This is one of the nicest state parks we have visited. Nice green views, long level campsites with electric for RV 's, clean restrooms and camp hosts who went out of their way to accommodate us. Finally, the free WiFi worked!
Written May 28, 2015
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vjcraft
3 contributions
Aug 2013
We stumbled across this little piece of heaven last summer and can't get enough! Planning a trip back in 2 weeks! We love the walk-in tent sights because we can pull our boat right up to any of them you don't have to drive back and forth to the marina to use your boat, it is docked right off your own private beach ready when you are! Long Branch has several little island beaches scattered all over the lake and several are just wonderful to pull up to with the boat. Picnic and get so.e sun. Very clean and beautiful park and lake. The lake is very large and perfect for tubing or skiing all day. The swim beach is the nicest of all parks. Highly recommend staying here!
Written June 30, 2014
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Dawson C
5 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I have been to the State Park many times. Campgrounds in the beach areas are impacted. Well-maintained just for children and adults alike
Written September 1, 2020
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Robin B
14 contributions
Jun 2020
We just drove through the park and admired the beautiful lake and the areas surrounding it. We didn't stop at the visitor center because it was closed but next time we are in the area, we plan to stop in.
Written June 21, 2020
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mysugarpie
Tulsa, OK421 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Nice Park. Didn't get to enjoy full benefits because it rained a lot during our visit. There are a lot trees and places to walk. There was no water available in the park. Main restroom at entrance is nice and clean and had soap. Pit toilets sporadically spaced in park. Nice sites for tent campers along water. The camp hosts were very friendly.

If you are in need of supplies, Macon is just a few miles away. Don't go to Wal Mart for groceries as it is so small it has minimal food items. C&R Foods is just next door. Firewood is available from a dispenser in the park next to the Coke machine.

Nice Stay.
Written June 7, 2019
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SLEDGE1100
St. Louis2 contributions
Mar 2017
Great location that's not too far from the greater St. Louis area. Great lake with boat ramp and awesome beach area. Great for families and people looking to get away with plenty of fishing options.
Written February 20, 2018
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