If your idea of the perfect weekend getaway includes a walk in the woods, fishing, foraging, hunting, or other outdoor activities, check out the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, located just a short drive from the heart of St. Charles. 



Fisherman’s Bliss

With more than 30 lakes, both large and small, this expansive conservation area is extremely popular with fishing hobbyists, offering anglers a vast variety of fishing experiences. Each lake has its own unique “buffet” of fish species, such as catfish, crappie, black bass, white bass, and sunfish. Trout is also available, and can be found in several lakes from November through February. In need of disability-friendly fishing accommodations? Click here to explore their interactive map, which includes accessible lakes and areas. An on-site vendor enables visitors to purchase permits, bait, and fishing supplies along with drinks and snacks from April through October. 


August A. Busch Conservation Area and Nature Center

Fun with Foraging

The area is also extremely popular with foragers. When conditions are just right, the elusive Morel Mushroom can even be found on park grounds. Nuts, berries, fruits, mushrooms, and wild greens may be foraged and taken from the park for personal use. 


August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and Nature Center

Happy Hunting

Due to the constant care and efforts that the Missouri Department of Conservation has invested into the area, a variety of wildlife species may be hunted including deer, waterfowl, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, and dove. The Missouri Department of Conservation also offers programming for those looking to learn more about the sport, and how to safely hunt unique wildlife.


August A. Busch Conservation Area and Nature Center

Before exploring, hunting, fishing, or foraging at Busch Wildlife, make sure to check their rules and regulations on their website here to ensure that you are following all of the proper guidelines. Complete your trip with a stay at one of the several hotels or campgrounds in the area.


Augusta A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is open from 4:00 AM -10:00 PM every day.