If you are one of more than 51 million Americans who love to watch birds the Circle O Lodge is for you. As mentioned by Larry Lade inbirdforum.net "North Central Missouri is ideally situated in a favorable location for observing a wide variety of birds. It is located in the approximate center of the "lower 48 states". 400 species of birds have been recorded in Missouri. Of this number, 150 + of them nest in the state".
The Circle O Lodge has provided walking trails throughout the property, from the wetlands to the ridges to the forest you will be able to observe the full range of diversity on this little piece of paradise.
At the Circle O Lodge all guests are welcome to cast a line in the 2 1/2 acre pond in front of the lodge. The pond is stocked with bass, crappie and catfish. We encourage catch and release but guest are welcome to make a meal of their catch of the day. Please practice good sportsmanship at all times. Fishing rods and basic tackle are available at no charge. Bait is not provided but can be arranged if notified in advance.
There are no lifeguard at the Circle O. We require that parents provide life jackets for children who are near the fishing ponds or any water reservoirs on the property.
There is plenty to see and do right on the grounds of the Circle O Lodge, but if you want to explore more of our area please check the Area Information below.
There are many historical sites, scenic byways and quaint towns like Marceline, the boyhood home of Walt Disney and much much more. It is Americana at its best!
Walt Disney first came to Marceline, Missouri by train when he was five years old. When Walt returned in 1946, the Santa Fe train depot evoked cherished memories of when he first pulled into the Marceline. As a fitting tribute, the museum that honors him is located inside the very same train depot.
Explore a piece of AmericaÕs military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site.
Locust Creek Covered Bridge, built in 1868, once housed the nation's first transcontinental road, Route 8. Today, it is the longest of Missouri's four remaining bridges measuring 151 feet.
This area contains cropland, old fields, grassland, and woodlands. Area includes three fishable ponds and a permanent stream (Mussel Fork Creek). 15 Minutes away from Circle O Lodge.
Swan Lake is the resting and feeding area for waterfowl, primarily ducks, and as a sanctuary for prairie-chickens. It has now become one of the main wintering areas for the Eastern Prairie Population of Canada geese
Home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Warm Spring Ranch is a state of the art Clysdale breeding farm. Guided tours take guest through a 25,000 square foot breeding facility.