Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Kennett, take Highway 412 southwest, then Route A west, then County Road 516 west over the St. Francis River levee to the parking area.


Mostly forest with some old fields. Facilities/features: boat ramp, Cash Swamp Natural Area (bottomland hardwoods, swamp), and a permanent stream (St. Francis River).

About This Area

Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area is in Dunklin county, six miles west of Highway 412 on Route A. The Route A and Highway 412 junction is three miles south of Kennett.

This 1,443-acre area is located in the St. Francis River floodplain and contains 1,210 acres of lowland forest, 44 acres of swamp and 195 acres of open fields.

Cash Swamp Natural Area is located on the south end of the area and includes 310 acres of high quality, remnant tupelo-cypress bottomland forest.

The Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area is one of the few vestigial bottomland hardwoods forest in the Bootheel and contains an extremely diversified floral community.

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

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Access is limited, except by boat. Area frequently floods. Woodland warblers, waders, and waterfowl are common during migration. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Spotted bass are common. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Buffalo and carp 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete Ben Cash Access   
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other Largent Annex Boat Ramp  Graveled boat ramp accessible during high water periods.  
Parking Lot Ben Cash Access   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Cash Swamp Natural Area 361.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent Ditch 3.38 miles Runs the length of the area, can be accessed from the boat ramp during high water events.  
Stream - Permanent St. Francis River 4.00 miles There are numerous ditches on the area. The boatramp is located on a ditch. Access to the St. Francis River is by boat only. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 24.00  
Forest and Woodland 1149.61  
Crop Land 136.00  
Wetland 109.00 The Largent Annex 
Old Field 24.00 Includes the Largent Annex 
Total Area Acres:1330.61 

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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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