Marion Bottoms Conservation Area

Notice

The field road will be closed until May 15, unless weather or flooding prohibit public access at that time.

Driving Directions

From Marion, take Highway 179 north 2.50 miles, take Moniteau Creek Road east to the area.

Highlights

This area contains forest, wetlands, and old fields. Facilities/features: primitive camping, fishable lakes, and ponds (75 acres total), and two permanent streams (Moniteau Creek, Missouri River).

About This Area

Marion Bottoms Conservation Area, in Cole County, is located two miles north of Marion, MO on Moniteau Creek road off of Highway 179.

The 2,997-acre area was purchased in 1996 and is surrounded by the Missouri River on the north, east, and south boundaries, providing six miles of river frontage. The site was acquired by the Conservation Department in 1996, bought in part with funds provided by the federal government after the 1993 flood to negotiate purchase of flood prone land in order to lessen the chance and severity of future floods.

The area includes riparian and successional forests, old fields, marshes, several blue holes, and several hundred acres of wetland that include areas of open water, and seasonly flooded vegetation, and flooded forest. The wetlands, blue holes, and riverine habitats provide valuable habitat for fish, waterfowl, shorebirds, and amphibians. As successional forests, dominated by cottonwood and willow, develop into mature, bottomland forests, habitat for turkey and other small game will increase.

Area management has emphasized restoration of chutes to allow the Missouri River access to parts of the area formerly protected by levees. This will provide additional spawning and feeding areas for fish, and wetland habitat for wildlife. Management has also emphasized seasonal wetlands to benefit waterfowl, furbearers, reptiles, and amphibians.

General Information

Central

Cole,Moniteau

573-815-7900

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Indigo buntings, yellowthroats, cuckoos, and yellow-breasted chats very common during summer. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  Within 100 yds of river from April to September 30. 
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping in designated area west of parking lot. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Access to Missouri River and Moniteau Creek available at Marion Access, south of area on Hwy 179 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, buffalo, drum 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  No designated trails. Opportunities exist along field road and area access trails 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Statewide regulations. Abundant heavy cover  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. dependent on water levels in MO River 
Other  Mushroom hunting popular in the spring 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No gravel or paving. May become muddy during rainy periods. 
Other Field Road  Two and one-half miles, unimproved road seasonly open to vehicles May 15 through September 15, as conditions permit.  
Parking Lot   Parking lot at end of field road is inaccessible when that road is closed.  

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Moniteau Creek 3.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 6.00 miles Missouri River miles 158 to 164 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 60.00 Scour holes left by past flood events 
Old Field 450.00  
Forest and Woodland 2257.00  
Wetland 230.00  
Total Area Acres:2996.70 

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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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