Plowboy Bend Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Jamestown, take Route Y north 5 miles to end of pavement, continue on Riverbottom Road east 0.50 mile crossing railroad tracks to area.


The tract runs along five miles of the Missouri River and has bottomlands, bluffs and scour holes.

About This Area

Plowboy Bend Conservation Area in Moniteau County is located five miles northeast of Jamestown. To reach the area take Highway 179, into Jamestown, turn north on Route Y and proceed five miles until the pavement ends. Turn right onto Riverbottom Rd. and follow it across the railroad track into the 2,617-acre area.

The Missouri River forms the northern and eastern boundaries of the Area and provides over five miles of river frontage. The Area takes its name from the bend in the Missouri River at the north end of the Area, named for the steamboat Plowboy that sunk nearby in the mid 1800's.

The site was acquired by the Conservation Department in 1995, bought in part with federal funds provided by the Partnership for Missouri Riverlands; a consortium of state and federal agencies formed after the 1993 flood to negotiate purchase of flood prone land in order to lessen the chance and severity of future floods.

The Area contains riparian forests, old fields, successional forests, wetlands, and croplands. There is also an old river slough and forested bluffs in the northwest portion of the area.

Management emphasizes bottomland forest creation, reestablishing mast-producing trees, and creating shallow-water habitat for wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Designated as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area bird check list.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  Allowed within 100 yards of MO River between April 1 and Sept. 30. 
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Missouri River only accessible outside protection levee. 
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-Dove Good population. Hunting effort focused on sunflower fields early in the season 
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population.  
Nature Viewing  Shaded bluffs west of railroad tracks provide abundant wildflowers in the spring 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Two camp areas. No amenities provided.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Scour holes 3.00 count Scour holes.  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 6.00 miles Missouri River miles 166 to 172 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 3.00  
Crop Land 820.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 112.00  
Old Field 300.00  
Forest and Woodland 1201.90  
Wetland 180.00  
Total Area Acres:2616.90 

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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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