Blackjack Access

Driving Directions

From Collins, take Highway 54 west about 4 miles, then Route J south about 3 miles, and Route W west to the area.


This forest and grassland area offers access to Brush Creek and the Sac River. There is a boat ramp.

About This Area

Blackjack Access contains a unique complex of grassland, savanna, and woodland. Small glade communities can be found with stunted post and blackjack oak adapted to dry, shallow soil conditions. A few unique bluffs are located along the Sac River on the northwest edge of Blackjack Savanna. Restoration efforts are underway, including tree removal and prescribed burning.

The Sac River bordering this area is important habitat for numerous species of freshwater mussels. The Pink mucket and the Black sandshell are of conservation concern in Missouri that live in flowing waters of large streams among gravel and cobble. The principal cause of decline has been habitat alteration from dam construction, channelization, and dredging.

General Information

Kansas City

Saint Clair


Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Spring migrants and river-associated species. Some prairie species observed in the savanna unit. Bald eagles commonly seen in winter along the Sac River. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping allowed in designated area near boat ramp. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Sac River 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair 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
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Access to the Sac River and Brush Creek  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Primitive camping allowed in designated areas. No amenities provided.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.00 acres  
Other Blackjack Savanna 52.00 count Actively managed savanna.  
Stream - Permanent Sac River 0.80 miles  
Stream - Permanent Brush Creek 0.20 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Savanna 52.00  
Old Field 0.00  
Forest and Woodland 146.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 14.00  
Total Area Acres:212.00 

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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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