Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

--- Note --- The information below reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code ( or the phone number listed for this area in the online Conservation Atlas.

  • Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area.(more)

Area General Provisions(more)

  • Collecting wild animals (including invertebrates) and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Wildlife Collector’s Permit, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
  • Commercial use and vending are prohibited on department areas.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated camping areas.
  • Guiding for pay is prohibited on department areas.
  • In addition to the rules of the Wildlife Code, federal, state and local laws also apply on department lands.
  • Soil disturbance and digging, including the digging of roots, is prohibited on all conservation areas.
  • Trail and game cameras are prohibited
  • Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, and water skiing.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Waste containers may be used only for disposal of garbage, trash, refuse or rubbish generated on department areas.
  • Wild plants, plant products, vegetation, and mushrooms (more)
    • Collecting or possessing wild plants and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Letter of Authorization for Plant Collecting, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
    • Nuts, berries, fruits, edible wild greens and mushrooms may be taken only for personal consumption.
    • Vegetation, including trees, may not be cut or destroyed. The only exception is that willows (Salicaceae spp.) may be cut for use in constructing on-site blinds.

Area Hours(more)

  • Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited
  • Special hours apply. Public use permitted only as authorized by posting.

Bullfrogs and green frogs(more)

  • Taking of bullfrogs and green frogs is allowed.
    • Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken during the statewide season only by hand, handnet, atlatl, gig, bow, snagging, snaring, grabbing, or pole and line and only during dates and times when those waters are open to fishing or hunting. An artificial light may be used. Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31. Daily limit 8.
    • On lakes and streams adjoining Conservation Access Areas: Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, longbow, trotline, throwline, limbline, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line by holders of a fishing permit. Hunting permit holders may take frogs by .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, longbow, crossbow, pellet gun, atlatl, hand or handnet. An artificial light may be used. Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31, Daily limit 8.


  • Camping is allowed on the area as indicated.
    • Camping is allowed by Missouri River boat travellers within 100 yards of the river between April 1 and Sept. 30. (more)
    • Camping is limited to a period of 14 consecutive days in any 30-day period. Personal property must be removed at the end of the 14-day period. Unless a special use permit is obtained, total camping days on all department lands are limited to 30 days within one calendar year.
    • Groups of more than 10 people must obtain a special use permit prior to camping. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Decoys and blinds(more)

  • Permitted but must be disassembled and removed daily.
    • Blinds may be constructed on-site only from willows (Salicaceae spp.).

Field Trials(more)

  • Field trials are prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing permitted (see fishing regulations table below).

Fishing methods(more)

  • Gig, bow, atlatl, or crossbow may be used for carp, buffalo, suckers, and gar in ponds and lakes during statewide seasons.
  • Gig, bow, atlatl, snagging, snaring or grabbing may be used to take fish that are not game fish or endangered species in streams during the statewide seasons. (more)
  • Seining or trapping live bait.
    • Seining or trapping live bait is permitted in streams in accordance with statewide regulations.(more)
    • Seining or trapping live bait, including tadpoles, is prohibited in lakes and ponds.

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is permitted. Special seasons, methods, and limits may apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • A daily area hunting tag is required
    • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.
    • Nontoxic shot is required for all hunting with a shotgun on this area. Use or possession of lead shot is prohibited.
    • Special Small Game or Furbearer Hunting Regulations Apply (see hunting regulations table below).
    • Special deer hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • Deer hunting is by managed hunt only.
    • Special dove hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).
      • This area has a managed hunt during the first seven days of the season.
    • Special waterfowl hunting regulations apply (see hunting regulations table below).(more)
      • A daily waterfowl hunting drawing is held.(more)
      • A daily waterfowl hunting tag is required. The tag must be accurately completed and returned immediately after hunting.
      • A waterfowl refuge exists on designated segments of the area during certain times of the year. Special restrictions apply.
      • The area closed to waterfowl hunting on Dec. 25.
      • Waterfowl hunting is allowed only in designated areas during regular waterfowl hunting seasons.
      • Waterfowl hunting is prohibited after 1 p.m. on designated portions of the area.

Pets and hunting dogs(more)

  • Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all time. Hunting dogs may be used off the leash and unconfined for hunting and training for the purposes of chasing, locating, tracking or retrieving game. A valid small game hunting permit is required to train dogs in pursuit of wildlife.
    • Locations and times where pets and hunting dogs are permitted may be further restricted by area brochures or signs

Target Shooting and Ranges

  • Target shooting is not allowed on the area.


  • On lakes and streams outside the boundaries of Conservation Areas, trapping is permitted without a special use permit in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Wildlife Code.
  • Trapping is allowed only with special use permit. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Tree stands(more)

  • Special provisions apply.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Bicycles
    • The area has multi-use trails open to bicycles. Bicycles must stay on trails designated for bicycles or on public roadways. Groups of 10 or more people must obtain a special use permit. Contact area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
  • Horses and horseback riding
    • No horseback riding opportunities exist on this area except on public roadways.
  • Vehicles
    • Vehicles are only permitted on public roadways and in parking lots.
      • State laws regarding the operation, registration and required equipment also apply to the operation of motor vehicles on areas open to vehicular traffic that are under the control of the department.

X Regulation Tables-Limit Information

  • All fish that are not released unharmed immediately after being caught are included in an angler’s daily limit.
  • Anglers may not possess any fish that is less than the specified minimum length limit on the waters, banks or area where the length limit applies.
  • Anglers may not possess more than the daily limit of any species of fish on the waters or banks of any body of water where the limit applies.
  • The table below specifies special regulations for hunting on this conservation area. These regulations must be followed while hunting on this area. Regardless of how many different locations are hunted on the same day (public or private land), no more than the statewide daily limit for any species may be taken
  • When fishing on different bodies of water during the same day (public lakes, streams, conservation areas, areas managed under cooperative agreement, etc.), specified restrictions for individual bodies of waters or areas must be followed. However, no more than the statewide daily limit for any species may be taken for all waters or areas combined.