Diana Bend Conservation Area


The trail going up to the overlook has had some erosion issues due to heavy rainfall events. Area hikers should use caution when using the trail.

Driving Directions

From Rocheport, take Highway 40 west 3 miles to the area.


This area is more than half wetlands and also contains forest, old fields, and cropland. Facilities/ features: primitive camping, fishable ponds/blue holes, Missouri River frontage within hiking distance.

About This Area

Diana Bend Conservation Area is in Howard County, about five miles east of Boonville. To reach the area from I-70 at Columbia, travel west and take the Midway Exit onto Highway 40. Drive 11 miles to the welcome sign on the left. The area, which is adjacent to the Missouri River is 0.625 mile down a gravel road.

This 1,343-acre area is bounded on the south by the Missouri River, on the east by Moniteau Creek, on the north by the Katy Trail, and on the west by a levee.

Diana Bend Conservation Area is subject to seasonal flooding. Two water control structures help control inundation, but no pumps have been installed. Vegetation is dependent on river fluctuations. The area may contain up to 400 acres of water less than two feet deep, which can provide excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities.

The Missouri River and Moniteau Creek provide good fishing, but visitors need a boat to access them. A three-acre blue hole on the west portion of the area provides walk-in fishing.

In the past, this area was intensively farmed. About 30 percent of the area is now regenerating cottonwoods and willows. Bottomland hardwood trees were planted in 1998.

The Conservation Department continues to plant about 15 percent of the area in row crops, all of which are left unharvested to provide food for wildlife.

A 100-acre semi-permanent marsh has been developed adjacent to the Katy Trail. A disabled accessible wildlife viewing blind exists at the base of the bluffs just west of Rocheport. A viewing platform also offers a commanding view of the floodplain from atop the bluffs.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Bird check list.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  Persons traveling the Missouri River by boat may camp within 100 yds of the river between April 1 and September 30.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Special Use Permit required for groups of ten or more - 30 day lead time. No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Catfishing along banks of the river can be good at certain times of the year.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, buffalo, and drum can be caught in scour holes and along banks of the Missouri River. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  A short trail exists on the areas east side near the Katy Trail/Rocheport. The trail ends at a scenic overlook of the Missouri River floodplain. 
Hunting-Deer Good 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-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good 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. Seasonal Wetlands only. Flooding is dependent upon rainfall and river levels, no pumps exist. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Walk-in camping permitted with seasonal restrictions. Primitive camping also available at western parking lot.  
Parking Lot   Parking lots are not disabled-accessible. Access disabled-accessible viewing blind and viewing deck from Katy Trail/Rocheport.  
Viewing BlindaccessibleAccessible viewing blind  Disabled accessible viewing blind overlooking seasonal wetlands; just off Katy trail. 
Viewing Deck/ToweraccessibleViewing platform  Lower deck is disabled accessible. Upper deck requires approximate 1/8 mile difficult hike. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other  2.00 count Blue holes are found on the west and east sides of the area. While fishing can be fair after flood events, frequently these impoundments are very low with less fair fishing during dry periods.  
Stream - Permanent  3.75 miles Moniteau Creek 1.25 Miles; Missouri River 1.75 Miles; Salt Creek .75 Miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 200.00 30% of the area may be allowed to revert naturally thru regeneration of floodplain woody species 
Old Field 422.00  
Crop Land 98.00 No crops are raised; however foodplots are planted to provide food for resident and migrant wildlife. 
Wetland 620.00 No pumps; seasonal flooding on an opportunistic level only 
Lakes/Ponds 3.00 One large blue hole created by the 1993 flood provides fishing opportunity on the areas west side. 
Total Area Acres:1343.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Boardwalk Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.10 
Hiking trail (Difficult) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.10 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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