Dupont Reservation Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Hannibal, take Highway 79 south 17 miles, then Route TT east, then north onto gravel road at Ted Shanks Conservation Area entrance, 1.70 miles to ramp.


A predominantly forested area offering spectacular views of the Mississippi River floodplain off of the Little Dixie National Scenic Byway (Highway 79). There is an 80-acre mixed upland hardwood forest Natural Area. The area borders the Mississippi River and offers a boat ramp, campground, and River access and is an excellent place to view fall color.

About This Area

From 1892 through 1932 a dynamite factory on this site provided explosives for lead, zinc and coal mines in the tri-state area and nitroglycerin for use in Oklahoma oil fields. Separate facilities were built in different valleys in this rough terrain to lessen the chance of a chain reaction explosion, should any one of the buildings explode.

E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company donated 1,122.8 acres to the Conservation Commission in 1938. Subsequent land purchases have increased the size of this area to its present 1,320 acres.

The area consists of 975 acres of upland timber, 310 acres of bottomland timber and 35 acres of old fields and grassland. It also contains plantations of walnut, cottonwood, tulip poplar, pine and bald cypress trees.

A boat access and primitive campground are located along a portion of 1.5 miles of Mississippi River frontage.

DuPont Forest Natural Area is found east of Highway 79. This 80-acre tract is a mixed upland hardwood forest and small limestone glade, lying within the Lincoln Hills Section of the Glaciated Plains Natural Division. Basswood, northern red oak, white oak, chinquapin oak and sugar maple are common overstory trees.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • For Information: MDC 8965 Hwy 36, Suite 1, Hannibal, MO 63401 573-248-2530

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  The area has a designated campground adjacent to the Mississippi River next to the boat ramp. There are 20 camping pads with one disabled accessible privy. 
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed on or adjacent to all area parking lots.  No amenities provided.  Camping is not allowed along roadways.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Except during firearms deer and turkey seasons.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Common Carp, Gar Species, and Other Big River Species 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete Mississippi River  Provides access to the Mississippi River.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   This campground contains 20 sites adjacent to the Mississippi River. 
Parking Lotaccessible  1-Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area DuPont 80.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Other  0.00 count Rock bluffs east of Highway 79 provide good views of Mississippi River 
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 1.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1285.00  
Other 0.27 Boat ramp/parking area 
Old Field 35.00  
Total Area Acres:1320.27 

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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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