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THINGS TO DO

ACTIVITIES

Bird Watching

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". 

Fishing

At the Circle O Lodge all guests are welcome to cast a line in the 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. Fishing rods and basic tackle are available at no charge. Bait is not provided but can be arranged if notified in advance.  We advise that parents provide life jackets for children who are near the fishing ponds or any water reservoirs on the property. 

Nature Trails

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. 

Circle O Lodge trail sign
Circle O Lodge trail sign

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Fishing rods
Fishing rods

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Deer feeding at Cabin
Deer feeding at Cabin

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Circle O Lodge trail sign
Circle O Lodge trail sign

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Area Information

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 Hometown Museum

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.

Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

Explore a piece of America's military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site.

Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site

Locust Creek Covered Bridge, built in 1868, became a link in one of the nation's earliest transcontinental roads. Today, it is the longest of Missouri's four remaining covered bridges, measuring 151 feet. The bridge was built out of white pine using the Howe-truss system, named for William Howe, who patented the design in 1840. 

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Mussel Fork Conservation Area

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.

Warm Spring Ranch Boonville, Missouri

Home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Warm Spring Ranch is a state of the art Clydesdale breeding farm. Guided tours take guest through a 25,000 square foot breeding facility. 

 

Welcome to our self-guided walking tour of Marceline. You’ll be able to hear information about a particular site and read along on your phone if you like.

Most sites are within walking distance of Main Street USA, with a few being a very short drive or bicycle ride away. The map below shows the location of the sites.

This is how self-guided tour works:

  • Scan the QR Code at a site and click the necessary prompt to open the website.

  • Once the website opens, click the “Play” prompt to start the narration.

  • Click the pointing hand below the map, or select a specific location.

You can scan the QR code below and it will give you sample of the tour.​

 
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