Casting a line, hiking a trail.
By Larry Archer
Named for the region settled by southerners following in the footsteps of Daniel Boone, the 733-acre Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area (CA) — with its 205-acre lake — draws anglers, hikers, and birders, said Little Dixie Lake CA Manager Craig Williamson.
“This is a prime time to be out fishing, and there’s excellent fishing out there for black bass and crappie,” said Williamson, a wildlife management biologist.
In addition to the lake’s angling opportunities, the area, located in Callaway County a short drive east of Columbia, also boasts more than 10 miles of hiking trails, he said.
“One of the biggest uses of the area is the trails around the place,” he said. “There’s some excellent trails. There’s handicapped trails — some that are paved — and there’s just excellent trails all around it.”
The trails, combined with a variety of habitats, also make Little Dixie Lake CA a popular place for birders, Williamson said.
“There’ll be a pile of songbirds there without a doubt,” he said. “We’ve got an excellent diversity of habitats. We’ve got some prairies, some old field habitat, and we have some excellent woodlands, so there would be absolutely great diversity of songbirds in the area.”
Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area consists of 733 acres in Callaway County. From Kingdom City, take I-70 west 10 miles to the Route J exit. Take Route J south to Route RA. The main Little Dixie Lake CA parking area is off Route RA at the junction with Route J in Millersburg.
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