H. F. Thurnau Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Craig, take Highway 111 west 4 miles, and Annapalis Road south 0.50 mile.


This area is a mix of forest, old field, cropland and wetland.

About This Area

The Conservation Department purchased 366 acres in 1965 to preserve unique wetlands and habitats associated with the Missouri River and to provide public lands and recreational opportunities in northwest Missouri. The United States Army Corps of Engineers has purchased additional acres as part of the Missouri River Mitigation Project. The mitigation project has been designed to enhance fish and wildlife habitat along the Missouri River. The area is managed through a cooperative effort between the Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Early exploration and settlement of this area began with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. Journal entries from that expedition mentioned an abundance of wildlife along the broad marshlands of the heavy bottomland timber near the Missouri River.

This area was part of the Platte Purchase, arranged by the U.S. government with the Indians in 1836.

This area is managed for a wide range of game and non-game wildlife species and is available to the public for a variety of outdoor activities. Management of the open fields includes farming and controlled burning, plus developing wildlife habitat by tree, shrub and grass plantings, wetland management, and selective harvesting of timber.

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

  • This area is located along the banks of the Missouri River and portions of this area may become flooded when the river reaches flood stage at the Rulo, NE gauge station. As the river continues to rise above flood stage a higher percentage of the area becomes flooded.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  3.2 miles of river frontage.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Missouri River  
Fishing - Other Good population. Buffalo, Carp on Missouri River 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Pheasant Good population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Good population. Sloughs managed w/ pumped water. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete Missouri River Access   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided.  The campground near Annapalis Rd has individual sites.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Wetland Thurnau Marsh 50.00 acres Thurnau Marsh 
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 3.25 miles  
Stream - Permanent Tarkio River 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 630.00  
Wetland 50.00 sloughs 
Forest and Woodland 643.00  
Crop Land 520.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 250.00  
Other 38.05 Roads and parking lots 
Total Area Acres:1738.05 

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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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