Seventy-Six Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Perryville, take Highway 61 south 7 miles, at the south edge of Longtown take Route D east, then take Route C southeast and in Brazeau take Route D northeast until it ends at a gravel road. Follow this road into the area.


This forest tract has several sinkholes and springs and offers scenic vistas overlooking the Mississippi River Valley.

About This Area

Seventy-Six Conservation Area is located in eastern Perry County, at the end of Route D, approximately four miles northeast of Brazeau. The Conservation Department created this area in 1990 with the purchase of an 818-acre farm from a private landowner.

Steep forested hills with narrow ridge fields and deep hollows characterize this area. Steep rock bluffs face some sections of the Mississippi River, which runs along the area for nearly two miles.

The area supports a mixed hardwood forest, with stands of trees, including oaks, tulip poplars and other species, ranging in size from saplings to majestic old growth.

Seventy-Six Conservation Area is being used as a demonstration area for forest and wildlife management techniques often recommended for implementation on similar or smaller tracts of land under private ownership. Timber harvests and forest stand improvement practices are an important part of wildlife habitat management. They produce forage and cover for many species of wildlife. In addition, the Conservation Department has planted food plots, native warm-season grasses and legumes to provide additional food sources for wildlife. A trail is available to provide area users an opportunity to view these forest and wildlife management practices. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance will soon return.

Another trail along the river provides access to wing dikes for fishing.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • When Chester gauge is at 32.5' and Cape gauge is 37.5' road access is closed.
  • LAT.37D43M11.64S(37.719) LONG-89D36M45.72S(-89.613)

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping area has a fire ring and BBQ grill. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Buffalo and carp 
Fishing - Other Fair population. White bass and sauger 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Mississippi River.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring  0.00 # gallons per day Flow varies.  
Stream - Permanent Cline's Branch 0.50 miles 0.50 mile of frontage.  
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 2.00 miles 2 miles of frontage. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 746.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 20.00  
Crop Land 50.00 Food Plots 
Other 1.88 Improved Areas 
Total Area Acres:818.11 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Wilkinson Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 3.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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