Seven Island Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From East Prairie, take Highway 80 east, Highway 102 south, then Route A east.


This area is mostly forest with cropland and wetlands. It offers access to a couple of fishable lakes and the Mississippi River. It is home to both swamp rabbits and nesting Mississippi kites.

About This Area

Seven Island Conservation Area is in Mississippi County, two miles southwest of the town of Dorena and 16 miles southeast of East Prairie.

The area can be reached by traveling south on Highway 102 from Highway 80 to Route A, then south to Mississippi County Road 520. A cantilever sign at this intersection directs visitors over the Mississippi River levee and into the area.

The area consists of a nearly 8.5 mile long tract of land that is located outside the front line levee. At it's widest point the area is little less than one mile wide.

The Conservation Department made three separate purchases of land parcels in 1979, 1982 and 1985 to acquire what is now a 1,375-acre area. Of the total, 430 acres are annually rowcropped, 875 acres are forested, sloughs comprise 46 acres and small openings account for the remaining 24 acres.

The area features 3.5 miles of Mississippi River frontage. Because it is not protected by levees, the area floods regularly, enhancing its value as wetland habitat.

Management of the property is presently limited to leaving a percentage of the row crop standing for wildlife consumption and improving the timber through forest management.

In addition to providing important habitat for waterfowl during periods of high water, Seven Island Conservation Area is home to deer, turkey and various songbirds and furbearers. The area also hosts two rare species, the swamp rabbit and Mississippi kite.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • On Seven Island Conservation Area, all public use is prohibited, except fishing and waterfowl hunting by boat, when the Mississippi River water level is at or above thirty feet (30') on the New Madrid gauge.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Most common birds to expect to see are spring and fall shorebird (during high Mississippi River levels) wading birds, waterfowl and raptor migrations. Other bird species that can be expected are woodland Neotropical migrants during peak migration periods. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures during deer and turkey seasons. Camping not allowed at parking lots. 
Fishing - Bass  Different regulations for Old and New #7 chutes vs. the Mississippi River.  
Fishing - Catfish  Different regulations for Old and New #7 chutes vs. the Mississippi River.  
Fishing - Crappie  Different regulations for Old and New #7 chutes vs. the Mississippi River.  
Fishing - Other  Carp and Buffalo. Different regulations for Old and New #7 chutes vs. the Mississippi River.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Archery and muzzleloading methods only.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Population has not recovered since the 2011 flood.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. Population has not recovered since the 2011 flood.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey move from MO and KY frequently. Flock sightings are sporadic. Mississippi County is closed to fall firearms turkey hunting.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. Opportunistic when Mississippi floods area  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Other Old #7 Chute  Located on Old #7 Chute  
Parking Lot   A graveled parking lot at the junction of Route A and the levee; a graveled parking lot at Old #7 Chute; a dirt parking lot at New #7 Chute.   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond New Chute #7 74.00 acres 74 acres, but only 9.4 acres are owned by MDC. 
Fishing Lake or Pond Old Chute #7 59.00 acres 59 acres 
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1028.00  
Crop Land 257.80  
Lakes/Ponds 60.00  
Wetland 30.00  
Total Area Acres:1375.78 

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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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