Old Town Access

Driving Directions

From Rich Hill, take the east outer road north 2.50 miles along I-49/71 Highway, then under the Interstate west to the area.


Mostly bottomland forest and cropland, and provides access to the Bates County Drainage Ditch. Facilities/features: boat ramp, primitive camping, two streams (Marais Des Cygnes River and Bates County Drainage Ditch), and an oxbow lake and fishing pond (10 acres total).

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

  • For questions regarding specific area information or regulations please contact the Four Rivers Area Headquarters office, (417) 395-2341. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. If you need to speak to someone immediately please call the El Dorado Springs office at (417) 876-5226.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  On the Bates County Drainage Ditch and Marais des Cygnes. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
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
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Boating access to Bates County Drainage Ditch. 
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond OTA-1 3.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Marais Des Cygnes 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Bates County Drainage Ditch 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 224.00  
Crop Land 36.00  
Lakes/Ponds 6.00  
Wetland 20.00  
Old Field 23.00  
Other 1.00  
Total Area Acres:310.00 

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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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