Little River Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Kennett, take Highway 412 east 4 miles to the area.

Highlights

This area contains cropland and wetlands. Facilities/features: boat ramp, Combs Lake (150 acres), disabled-accessible fishing dock, and six fishing jetties.

About This Area

Little River Conservation Area is located in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties, five miles east of Kennett on Highway 412.

Purchased by the Conservation Department in 1993 from Charles D. Adams, Little River Conservation Area is located within the Mississippi Delta region, which is associated with Sharkey soils. The vegetation that originally dominated this area consisted of oak, gum, and cypress. The area also contained some prairie zones which would have been dominated by cane, Virginia wild rye, ricecut grass, and sedges.

Little River CA contains the 150-acre Jerry P. Combs Lake, as well as floodway ditch numbers 1, 66, 81, 251, and 259. The area also contains 103 acres of reforested bottomland hardwood, 477 acres of marshes, and 306 acres in use as agricultural fields.

Before they became extinct, millions of passenger pigeons passed through this area as they migrated north and south. Least terns and black terns can be seen every year feeding at Combs Lake.

Eleven wetland units have been developed with levees and water control structures which allow these areas to be managed for the benefit of wading birds and waterfowl during the spring and fall. In addition, the 103 acres of reforested bottomland hardwoods have been leveed to be managed as a green tree reservoir.

Combs Lake has six fishing jetties, one concrete fishing platform, one covered, floating fishing dock, and one boat ramp (two lane) with handicap parking. The main area is a 50-car parking lot which is located at the west side of Combs Lake. Disabled-accessible ramps lead from the parking lot to the fishing docks and platform. There is also a pavillion with picnic tables, as well as men's and women's privies, which are located at the parking lot.

General Information

Southeast

Pemiscot,Dunklin

573-290-5730

Owned by MDC

  • Use or possession of lead shot is prohibited.

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Most common birds to expect to see are spring and fall shorebird, wading birds, waterfowl and raptor migrations. Other bird species that can be expected are dickcissel, bobolink, and other grassland bird species can been seen on Little River Conservation Area. Get the Missouri Audubon Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Jerry P. Combs Lake 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Jerry P. Combs Lake 
Fishing - Crappie Good population. Jerry P. Combs Lake 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp in floodway ditch 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. High numbers of bluegill and green sunfish that are mostly less than 6" long. 
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Archery Methods only. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.  
Hunting-Dove Good population. Non-toxic shot only 
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Non-toxic shot only 
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. Non-toxic shot only 
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. Check Area information boards for special regulations that apply to waterfowl hunting.  Decoys and blinds are permitted but must be removed daily.  Blinds may be constructed out of willows or non-woody vegetation only; button bush is not allowed to be used.     

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - ConcreteaccessibleJerry P. Combs Lake  Jerry P. Combs Lake   
Dock - Boat/CourtesyaccessibleJerry P. Combs Lake   
Dock - FishingaccessibleJerry P. Combs Lake   
Fish Cleaning StationaccessibleJerry P. Combs Lake   
Fishing Jetty/PlatformaccessibleJerry P. Combs Lake  ADA accessible fishing platform located at the main parking lot. The additional six jetties are located around the lake.  
Parking Lotaccessible   
Privy/Restroomaccessible  It is located on the main parking lot.  

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Jerry P. Combs Lake 150.00 acres 150 acres 
Named Wetland Pool 1  65.00 acres Pools and fields open to hunting are rotated. Check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  
Named Wetland Pool 2  30.00 acres Pools and fields open to hunting are rotated. Check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  
Named Wetland Pool 3  35.00 acres Pools and fields open to hunting are rotated. Check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  
Named Wetland Pool 4 30.00 acres Pools and fields open to hunting are rotated. Check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  
Named Wetland Pool 5 30.00 acres Pools and fields open to hunting are rotated. Check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  
Named Wetland Pool 6  60.00 acres This pool is included in the No Shooting Zone surrounding Combs Lake. It does provide excellent bird watching opportunity.  
Other Field 1  0.00 count Field 1 is 55 acres.  This pool is open to small game hunting and archery deer hunting. Pools and fields open to hunting may be rotated. During waterfowl season, check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day. This field IS NOT floodable.  
Other Field M1  0.00 count Field M1 is 35 acres. This field has been reforested and leveed to be flooded as a green tree reservoir. It is open to hunting from February 1 through October 31. November 1 through January 31 it is closed to all activities as a part of a designated waterfowl refuge.  
Other Field 2  0.00 count Field 2 is 40 acres. This pool is open to small game hunting and archery deer hunting. Pools and fields open to hunting may be rotated. During waterfowl season, check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  This field IS NOT floodable.  
Other Field M2 0.00 count This field has 10 acres. It is open to hunting from February 1 through October 31. November 1 through January 31 it is closed to all activities as a part of a designated waterfowl refuge.   
Other Field 3 0.00 count This field is 55 acres. This pool is open to small game hunting and archery deer hunting. Pools and fields open to hunting may be rotated. During waterfowl season, check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day.  This field IS floodable.  
Other Field M3  0.00 count This field has 30 acres and has been reforested and leveed to be flooded as a green tree reservoir. It is open to hunting from February 1 through October 31. November 1 through January 31 it is closed to all activities as a part of a designated waterfowl refuge.  
Other Field 4  0.00 count Field 4 is 35 acres. This field is not floodable and is managed for small game and other upland species. It is open to hunting year round according to stateside season dates.  
Other Field M4 0.00 count This field has 30 acres and has been reforested and leveed to be flooded as a green tree reservoir. It is open to hunting from February 1 through October 31. November 1 through January 31 it is closed to all activities as a part of a designated waterfowl refuge.  
Other Field 5  0.00 count Field 5 is 45 acres. This field is not floodable and is managed for small game and other upland species. It is open to hunting year round according to statewide season dates.  
Other Field M5  0.00 count This field is 40 acres. Pools and fields open to hunting are rotated. Check the area bulletin board for a list of pools/fields open for each day. This field IS floodable.  
Other Field 6 0.00 count Field 6 is 65 acres. This field is not floodable and is managed for small game and other upland species. It is open to hunting year round according to statewide season dates.  
Stream - Permanent Floodway Ditches 2.00 miles Access to ditches is only by foot. 2 miles of frontage. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 430.00  
Lakes/Ponds 150.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 70.00  
Old Field 368.98  
Total Area Acres:1013.14 

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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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