Upper Mississippi Conservation Area

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This area consists of 87 scattered tracts adjacent to the Mississippi River and some river islands.

Highlights

These tracts are mostly forest along with old fields and wetlands. The area contains waterfowl blinds and Westport Island Natural Area, which is a bottomland wet-mesic forest.

About This Area

The Upper Mississippi Conservation Area, rich in wildlife and habitat diversity, stretches from the Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, Illinois, to LaGrange, Missouri. It is composed of 87 tracts of federal lands totaling over 11,000 acres and managed under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Accumulating silt reduced the productivity of this wetland area, and navigation and recreational boating helped move bottom sediments into backwaters and chutes, reducing the number of wetland habitats. In an effort to balance navigation needs and the need for wildlife habitat, Congress authorized the Environmental Management Program in 1986. This federal program is designed to protect the resources and guide future river management. One of the elements of this program was the construction of Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects. Water regulation is now possible depending on river elevations, further improving habitat for fish and wildlife.

Many people visit the riverine area to enjoy the outdoors, hunt and hike on the new sediment deflection levee or fish below the water control structures.

General Information

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Leased

  • Upper Mississippi Conservation Area is stretched along the Mississippi River from West Alton to Canton Missouri. There are a number of seperate management units.
  • For information about management units in Pools 21, 22, and upper portions of pool 24 contact; Missouri Department of Conservation, 8965 Hwy 36, Suite 1, Hannibal, MO 63401 phone: 573-248-2530.
  • For Pools 24, 25, and 26 contact; Missouri Department of Conservation, PO Box 201, Elsberry, MO 63343, phone 573-898-5905.

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  ebird.org  
Canoeing  Mississippi River  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer hunting on Upper Mississippi conservation Area is by statewide regulations except on designated tracts. Dresser Island and Bay Island tracts are archery only for deer hunting.  
Hunting-Squirrel 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 Good population. Special regulations apply, see the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunting Information pamphlet for details.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special use permit 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other Dresser Island Boat Access   
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other Norton Woods Boat Access  Located on Norton Woods Road in Lincoln County.  
Hunting Blind - Waterfowl  91  Drawing for blind sites occurs in even numbered years. See the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunting Information pamphlet for specific details.  
Privy/Restroom At Norton Woods Boat Access  Located on Norton Woods Road in Lincoln County.  

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Westport Island Natural Area 480.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 134.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 2385.00  
Forest and Woodland 10435.00  
Wetland 2086.73  
Total Area Acres:14912.33 

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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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