Franklin Island Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From New Franklin, take Highway 40 east 2 miles.


This area contains forest, old fields, cropland and wetlands. There are two permanent streams (Bonne Femme Creek, Missouri River).

About This Area

Franklin Island Conservation Area is in Howard County, two miles north of Boonville on Highway 40. The area contains 1,625 acres, including bottomland timber in the Missouri River, Bonne Femme Creek corridors, and permanent grasses on the levees and grain fields, portions of which are left unharvested to provide food for wildlife.

The Missouri River once cut a channel on the area's north boundary, and the land was surrounded by water. In 1952, the remnant chute was closed permanently by a flood control levee. The Conservation Department purchased the land in 1978.

The Missouri River conveyed both French trappers, who provided the name of Bonne Femme Creek, and American explorers, including Lewis and Clark, who camped near the creek's mouth. The first early settlers to come up the river were wealthy tobacco farmers from Virginia and Kentucky. Soon, agricultural crops were being shipped from the ports of Franklin, Glasgow, and Rocheport.

Farming increased in the bottomlands as the river was narrowed and straightened in the early part of the century. By the 1950s, continued narrowing and straightening and the construction of flood protection levees combined to provide relief from recurrent flooding.

Current management goals are to restore much of the area to bottomland timber by allowing natural succession and supplementing plantings of selected native tree species. About 150 acres of the area remain in crop production; a portion of which is left unharvested for wildlife benefit.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Catfishing is good in Bonne Femme Creek and the Missouri River.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Drum, carp, and buffalo fishing is good in the Bonne Femme Creek and Missouri River. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population. Dove hunting depends on the quality of dove fields; dove numbers decrease dramatically after the first few days of the season.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Good population. The area's wetlands are flood dependent on the Missouri River and Bonne Femme Creek. Good hunting is available during high water events. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

Go to Top of Page

Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete Franklin Island Ramp  Concrete boat ramp on the Missouri River. 
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided.  
Other Bonne Femme Creek Access  Small boats can be launched over the stream bank into Bonne Femme Creek. 
Parking Lot    

Go to Top of Page

Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 3.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Bonne Femme Creek 2.00 miles  

Go to Top of Page

Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 300.00  
Wetland 160.00  
Forest and Woodland 865.00  
Old Field 300.00  
Total Area Acres:1626.85 

Go to Top of Page

Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

Go to Top of Page

Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

Go to Top of Page