Rebel's Cove Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Livonia, take Route N north 4.60 miles.


Contains forest, grassland, old fields, cropland and wetlands. Facilities/features: boat ramps, a pavilion, fishable ponds, an intermittent stream (Coon Creek) and a permanent stream (Chariton River). Mobility impaired hunter access is also available for those with special hunting needs. This area can be reserved by special use permit through the area manager.

About This Area

Approximately 60 percent of this 4,225-acre area is forested. The remainder is broken up into various habitat types, including croplands, grasslands, old fields, numerous wetlands, and ponds.

Nearly five miles of the unchannelized Chariton River runs through the area. This portion of the river is known locally as "The Narrows," because the river makes a 2.5 mile loop around Parson's Bend in the center of the area. At this point the river doubles back to within a few hundred feet of itself. A 100 to 200-foot-wide forested corridor is maintained along the river to protect the banks and maintain a healthy ecosystem.

The meandering river channel has created several oxbow lakes and natural marshes along the river, providing unique fish and wildlife habitat. The area also contains a heron rookery.

The Henry Clay Dean House site, once located on the northwest side of the area, is listed in the Missouri Historic Sites Catalogue. A shelter house and marker now designate the site.

The Conservation Department manages the area to provide public recreational opportunities and to protect soil and water quality. Management techniques include cropping, timber management, and prescribed burning to improve wildlife habitat.

During your visit to Rebel's Cove Conservation Area, you may notice forest improvement practices designed to improve tree growth, quality, and species composition.

The area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Putnam County. Schuyler County.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed on or adjacent to area parking lots. No camping along roadways. No amenities provided.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Except during firearms deer and turkey seasons. 
Canoeing  There are two boat ramps approximately three miles apart that provide access to the Chariton River.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. On the Chariton River. 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp and bullheads in Chariton River and old Oxbows. 
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. Click on link to dove management map (available in August). 
Hunting-Pheasant Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good 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 Fair population. On wetland units depending on fall precipitation. 
Nature Viewing  There is a wildlife viewing deck at parking lot A off of Acorn Trail. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Provides boating/fishing access to the Chariton River. One is located at parking lot I off of 135th Street. One is located at parking lot F off of Blackberry Trail. 
Other   Wooden foot bridge across Chariton River. 
Parking Lotaccessible 13  Parking lot adjacent to viewing deck is accessible.  
Pavilion   Located at parking lot B off of Anemone Trail. 
Viewing Deck/Toweraccessible  Located at parking lot A off of Acorn Trail. Viewing deck overlooks pool 5. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 1.00 acres East of parking lot E. Newly stocked in 2012. Fish population still developing.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 2 0.50 acres South of Parking Lot E. Newly stocked in 2012. Fish population still developing.  
Fishless Pond Bait Pond 0.10 acres Designated bait pond  
Non-Stocked Pond  3.50 acres  
Stream - Permanent Chariton River 5.00 miles The last remaining unchannelized reach of the Chariton River in Missouri flows through the area. Water levels fluctuate widely within a short time period due to releases from Iowa's Rathbun Reservoir. Contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 641-647-2464 for current flow information.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 537.00  
Lakes/Ponds 5.10  
Wetland 200.00  
Old Field 538.00  
Forest and Woodland 2554.70  
Crop Land 400.00  
Total Area Acres:4224.80 

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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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