Canaan Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Bland, take Route A north about 1.20 miles, then east on the area's southern most access road (the road north of Rehmert Road).
North access is on Highway A north an additional 1.70 miles, then east on Boettcher Road 1.50 miles.


This area is mostly forest. Facilities/features: primitive camping, two intermittent streams, a multi-use trail, and two small ponds (one acre total).

About This Area

Canaan Conservation Area is located in Gasconade County, near Bland. Take Route A about 1.2 miles north from Bland to the Conservation Area's southern most access road. A sign on Route A shows the turn to the east; or stay on Route A an additional 1.7 miles to the north past this turn to Boettcher Road. Go east on Boettcher Road 1.5 miles to main entrance on right. The area has six parking areas.

The Conservation Department purchased this property in 1980. Canaan Conservation Area contains 1,435 acres, 77 percent of which are forested or woodland and glade. The area includes 1.4 miles of Clear Fork Creek, 1.2 miles of Sulphur Branch Creek, several small springs, and a deep muck fen. The area also features a scenic north-facing slope adjacent to Sulphur Branch and a glade/woodland complex.

The first inhabitants of the area were nomadic Indians, who hunted here. Through the efforts of the German Resettlement Society, German immigrants then settled here and began working farms in the 1800s.

The conservation area is composed of two of these working farms. The Conservation Department continues to crop a portion of the area. The Department also maintains the warm-season grasses, the deep muck fen, and the woodland/glade complex.

In 2008 the Department opened a multi-use trail that is open to hikers, bicycles and horseback riding. This trail is 10.4 miles long with three complete loops. Signs of natural community restoration work can be seen where cedar and hardwood trees have been cut to enhance the structure of the area's woodlands.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  Two primitive camping areas next to parking lots. None with defined campsites or any camping amenities.  The campground at the end of the south entrance road is only opened during deer and turkey seasons or by Special Use Permit. Contact area manager.  
Hiking  A 10.4 mile multi-use trail is open to hikers, bicycles and horseback riding.  
Horseback Riding  A 10.4 mile multi-use trail has been completed.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population. Mainly in dove management fields. 
Hunting-Other  Special hunting provisions provided for the mobility impaired. Contact area manager or regional office for further information.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair 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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   None with defined campsites or any camping amenities. South campground is only open during deer and turkey season or by Special Use Permit.  Contact area manager.  
Parking Lot   Two primitive camping areas are next to parking lots.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  12 6.00 acres  
Other Deep Muck Fen 2.00 count Deep muck fen  
Spring Sulphur Spring 500.00 # gallons per day  
Spring  200.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Intermittent Clear Fork 1.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Sulphur Branch 6.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 50.00 Warm-Season Grass Mix and Native Forbs 
Old Field 65.00  
Forest and Woodland 1285.00  
Crop Land 33.00  
Total Area Acres:1435.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Multi-use trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 10.40 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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