Holmes Bend Access

Driving Directions

From Gallatin, take Highway 13 south 2 miles, then Ridge Avenue east 1 mile, then 248th Street north 1 mile to area entrance.


This area contains forest, old fields, and grassland. It offers access to the Grand River.

About This Area

Holmes Bend Access is on the Grand River in Daviess County, two miles south of Gallatin. A one-half mile interior road winds through the tract, joining the uplands to the river flood plain.

The Conservation Commission approved the purchase of land for Holmes Bend Access from the Vaughn family in 1977.

Approximately one-half mile of the Grand River forms the eastern boundary of the area. This unchannelized portion of the river has steep, rocky banks, and deep water. This stretch of water has over the years provided excellent fishing.

The access was named for Chester Holmes, who farmed just south of the access. The bend in the river has historically been known as Holmes bend.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites   
Canoeing  Grand River - Hard to access - No developed boat ramp  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. Channel and Flathead Catfish. 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp, Suckers 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
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.  

Go to Top of Page

Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot    

Go to Top of Page

Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.20 acres  
Stream - Permanent Grand River 0.50 miles  

Go to Top of Page

Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 40.00  
Old Field 16.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 16.00  
Other 3.00 Parking lot, access and mowed grass 
Lakes/Ponds 1.00 Fishless 
Total Area Acres:76.00 

Go to Top of Page

Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

Go to Top of Page

Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

Go to Top of Page