Smoky Waters Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Osage City, take Engineer Road east 2 miles.


This is a forest area. Facilities/features: historic area (Dodds Island), two permanent streams (Missouri River, Osage River).

About This Area

Smoky Waters Conservation Area in Cole County is located on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Missouri and Osage Rivers. To get there from Highway 50/63, east of Jefferson City, go north on Route J and proceed into Osage City. Turn east after crossing the railroad tracks and follow Engineer's Road out onto the peninsula. There are two public access parking lots in the 1,041 acre site.

Historically, the peninsula was an island, known as Dodd's Island. Construction of the diversion levee by the Army Corps of Engineers linked the island to the mainland.

The area is divided into two tracts separated by private property. The easternmost tract is accessible only by foot along the diversion levee, or from the river by boat. During flood events, Engineer's Road may be impassable.

In 1804 the Lewis and Clark expedition camped at the base of what is now known as Clark's Hill, near the first/westernmost parking lot. Visitors can access Clark's Hill and view the Missouri and Osage River valleys via a one-half mile trail through Clark's Hill/Norton State Historic Site. To get there, from Osage City, follow Hickory St. until it dead ends at the Historic Site's parking area.

Smoky Waters Conservation Area contains riparian and successional forest, old field, marsh, and scour holes. The Missouri and Osage Rivers are accessible for shoreline fishing.

General Information




Agreement,Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  Allowed within 100 yards of Missouri River between April 1 and September 30. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, buffalo, drum 
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. Best in open fields on east end of area. 
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
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Scour hole 5.00 count Scour hole 
Other Historic Island - Dodds 0.00 count Now part of the pennisula; no longer an island. 
Stream - Permanent Osage River 2.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 4.00 miles Missouri River miles 131 to 135 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 931.00  
Lakes/Ponds 5.00 Scour hole 
Old Field 40.00  
Total Area Acres:1041.20 

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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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