John L. and Georgia Girvin Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Portageville, take Highway 162 east, then gravel road 439 south 1 mile, cross the levee and park. Proceed by ATV about 2.50 miles southeast on private farm dirt roads. The area is also accessible by boat from the Mississippi River.


This area is predominantly a bottomland forest on the Mississippi River.

About This Area

This 747-acre forested conservation area lies in parts of Pemiscot and New Madrid counties.  The tract was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1986 in memory of John L. and Georgia Girvin.

This conservation area has about three miles of Mississippi River frontage. The topography is very flat and contains mostly bottomland riverfront forest.  Elevation ranges from 270-280 feet above mean sea level, and the entire tract is subject to periodic flooding.

Rare species noted in the vicinity include the Mississippi kite, interior least tern, primrose willow, and cotton mouse.

During your visit to the area, you'll see a variety of land management activities designed to renew the forest and diversify the habitat for many species.

The property on both sides of the farm road is privately owned, so please respect the rights and privacy of the landowners by not leaving the road, or using it during wet conditions, until you reach the conservation area parking lot.

General Information


Pemiscot,New Madrid


Owned by MDC

  • Access is limited. Motor Vehicles and ATV's are allowed on entrance roadway and parking areas. To access the area cross 2.5 miles of dirt road.
  • Property on both sides of the road is privately owned. Please respect the rights and privacy of the landowners by not leaving the roadway or using it under wet weather conditions.
  • When New Madrid River Gauge is at 28' area is flooded.  All public use is prohibited, except fishing and waterfowl hunting by boat, when the Mississippi River water level is at or above twenty nine (29') on the New Madrid gauge.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good species diversity present, the populations of woodland Neotropical migrants peak during migration periods.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping is allowed at the parking lot. This is not recommended as a camping destination. No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Fishing the Mississippi River. 
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. Fishing the Mississippi River. 
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, Buffalo. Fishing the Mississippi River. 
Fishing - Other Fair population. White Bass and sauger. Fishing the Mississippi River. 
Hiking  No designated trails. Access roads on the area provide an opportunity to walk through a bottomland riverfront forest.  
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. Statewide seasons and limits. 
Other  Turkey and small game hunting is sporadic, species are present, but the populations vary. Statewide regulations apply.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Contact Missouri Department of Conservation New Madrid Forestry Office for further information: 1-573-748-5134. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 747.60 Bottomland Riverfront Forest 
Total Area Acres:747.60 

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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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