Edward Anderson Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Hannibal, take Highway 79 south 10 miles.


This is a forested area in the Mississippi River Hills that offers some of the more rugged terrain in Northeast Missouri. The area is located on the Little Dixie National Scenic By-way, Highway 79 and offers excellent fall color in October.

About This Area

In 1963, Edward Anderson, a local landowner, donated the original acreage for this area to the Conservation Department. Later, purchases by the Department brought the area to its present size of 1,045 acres.

This conservation area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Several small, intermittent streams traverse the hilly terrain and drain into the Mississippi River. Although the area is bordered by 2.3 miles of Mississippi River, access to the river is limited.

Two large sink holes are located about one-half mile northeast of the tower site, which is adjacent to Highway 79, about one mile north of Hallows Roadside Park.

The highest point in Ralls County (804 feet) is found on the area.

During your visit to the area you may view forest improvement practices designed to improve tree growth and wildlife habitat. Any aesthetic disturbance is only temporary.

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

  • The small portion of the area south of Highway 79, across the road from the Radio and Water towers is a no hunting zone.
  • The area is bordered by the Mississippi River, but there is no direct access to the river.  Hike-in or float-in fishing only.
  • For information: Missouri Department of Conservation, 8965 Hwy 36 Suite 1, Hannibal, Mo 63401, 573-248-2530.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed on or adjacent to area parking lots. No camping along roadways. No amenities provided. 
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
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 2.30 miles Access is limited. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1043.00  
Old Field 2.81 Two old field areas now used as log landings during timber sales. 
Total Area Acres:1045.81 

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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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