Stephen C. Bradford Unit of Black Island Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Hayti I-55 exit, take Highway 84 east, then County Road 337 north, and County Road 338 east to the area.


This area currently consists of an abandoned river channel that was reconnected to the Mississippi River. There are two wetland pools that will serve as a backswamp system. There is a graveled parking boat ramp that enables access to Gayoso Bend Conservation Area.

About This Area

The Stephen C. Bradford Unit of Black Island Conservation Area is enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), which is a program through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), which is designed to restore and protect wetlands.

The Stephen C. Bradford Unit consists of a recent abandoned river channel of the Mississippi River. Two wetland pools were created, and will be managed for waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds. The remaining portion of the area is agriculture fields that will be converted to riverfront forest.

All public use is prohibited, except fishing and waterfowl hunting by boat only, when the Mississippi River water level is at or above twenty eight  (28) feet on the Caruthersville gauge.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Use or possession of lead shot is prohibited.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Boat Club Chute 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Boat Club Chute 
Fishing - Other Good population. Buffalo and carp. Boat Club Chute 
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. Waterfowl hunting is permitted, but only is available when the area naturally floods from the Mississippi River. Statewide regulations apply.   
Other  Small game hunting is sporadic, due to lack of habitat at this time; non-toxic shot required. Otherwise, statewide regulations apply.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other Boat Chute/Gayoso Access   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Main eastern parking lot   
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Boat Club Chute 0.25 miles Boat Club Chute is connected to the Mississippi River and is accessible by boat when the river is high enough.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 136.00 Reforested bottomland hardwood forest. 
Old Field 727.97 The area is enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program will revert to a Riverfront Forest by natural germination.  
Wetland 1086.90 All wetlands are natural flooding and connected to the Mississippi River. 
Total Area Acres:6365.24 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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