Pacific Palisades Conservation Area


PLEASE NOTE: The land south of the boat ramp at the river access (St. Louis County side of Pacific Palisades CA) will be restricted as of February 16, 2016. The trail from the parking lot to the gravel bar will also be permanently closed. This decision was made due to the increase of non-authorized activities and misuse of this part of the conservation area.

Driving Directions

The Jefferson County portion of the area is 1.50 miles south of Pacific on Route F, then 0.10 mile east on English Road. The boat ramp is in St. Louis County; from I-44 take Exit 261 south to Business Loop 44, then west to Dozier Crossing, then south across the railroad tracks, and west on Franklin Road to the access.


This area contains forest, cropland, old fields, a permanent stream (Meramec River) and sand and gravel pits which provide seasonal fishing.

About This Area

Pacific Palisades Conservation Area is a 695-acre tract in Jefferson and St. Louis Counties immediately east of Pacific and three miles from Interstate 44.

Three miles of lower Meramec River frontage make this a popular spot for anglers to catch bass, crappie, bluegill, and non-game fish.

There are two abandoned gravel pits which are connected to the Meramec River during times of high water. The gravel pits are not stocked and are not managed.

The area is about 65 percent forested and contains 136 acres of crop fields and grasslands.

Birdwatchers may search woodlands, open land or edge for a variety of avian visitors.

Squirrels, quail, rabbits, deer, turkey, and furbearers also find food and cover at Pacific Palisades.

General Information

St. Louis

Saint Louis,Jefferson


Owned by MDC

  • Pacific Palisades Conservation Area is located in Jefferson and St. Louis Counties. The river access is located east of the Meramec River and is completely in St. Louis County. The rest of the Conservation Area is located west and south of the Meramec River and is predominately in Jefferson County.
  • No hunting is allowed on the area east of the river.
  • Where hunting is allowed on the rest of the area, visitors should observe posted No Shooting Zones in areas next to neighboring homes.
  • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Jefferson County. St. Louis County.  
Canoeing  Meramec River, canoes can only be launched on the St. Louis County access site.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Walleye, drum, suckers, carp  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  Good hiking on area access trails. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Archery Methods Only.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concreteaccessible  The Meramec River boat ramp is located in St. Louis County off Route 66 across from the prison facility.   
Parking Lotaccessible  Parking Lot, Privy and Boat Ramp are all disabled accessible.  
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Privy is located at river access in St. Louis County.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Sand and gravel pits 0.00 count Sand and gravel pits have water depending on river level and season. Size varies. Can provide fishing when water is available.  
Stream - Permanent Meramec River 2.00 miles The Boat ramp in St. Louis County off Route 66, which is an outer road of I-44, provides access to the Meramec River.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 111.00  
Forest and Woodland 402.05 Bottomland Forest 
Grassland (non-prairie) 25.00  
Forest and Woodland 52.00 Upland Forest 
Lakes/Ponds 102.00 Abandoned gravel pits full of water. 
Other 3.00 parking lot, gravel roads, boat ramp 
Total Area Acres:695.05 

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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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