Bellefontaine Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From I-270, take Highway 367 south about 0.50 mile to the Missouri Veterans Home entrance, then Veterans Home driveway east to the area entrance.

About This Area

Bellefontaine Conservation Area is in north St. Louis County within the city of Bellefontaine Neighbors. The area is 133 acres in size and is situated in the southeast corner of the Highway 367/270 interchange. The area can be accessed from Highway 367, about 0.50 mile south of I-270 via a driveway that is shared with the Missouri Veteran's Home.

This tract of land was previously owned by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and was transferred to the Conservation Department in 1995. The Conservation Department was interested in this property because it provided a unique opportunity for urban fishing and conservation-related educational facilities. 

The area is open daily from sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. 

General Information

St. Louis

Saint Louis

314-877-6014

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Bass Good population. Public fishing is permitted only in Bluegill Lake. Fishing allowed in Hybrid Pond, Catfish Pond, and Bass Pond only through the Aquatic Resource Education Program and by reservation only. 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Public fishing is permitted only in Bluegill Lake. Fishing allowed in Hybrid Pond, Catfish Pond, and Bass Pond only through the Aquatic Resource Education Program and by reservation only. 
Highlighted Activities  Fishing allowed in Hybrid Pond, Catfish Pond, and Bass Pond only through the Aquatic Resource Education Program and by reservation only. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  Jetties on Hybrid and Catfish ponds, not open to public fishing. 
Parking Lotaccessible   
Pavilionaccessible  This pavilion is provided primarily for use with fishing or interpretive program. It is available for use by the general public when not in use for a program. 
Picnic Table    
Privy/Restroomaccessible   

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Hybrid Pond, Catfish Pond, and Bass Pond 2.00 acres Hybrid Pond, Catfish Pond, and Bass Pond fishing only through the Aquatic Resource Education Program-no public fishing allowed. Conservation Fishing Center which requires reservations by contacting 314-877-6014.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Bluegill Lake 4.00 acres Bluegill Lake is the only public fishing opportunity on the area. 
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 10.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 85.00  
Old Field 27.00  
Lakes/Ponds 7.00  
Other 4.00 Infrastructure: Parking Lots, Trails, and Roads. 
Total Area Acres:133.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Catfish Pond Access Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.10 
Bluegill Lake Access Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.30 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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