Worthwine Island Conservation Area

Driving Directions

North of St. Joseph, from Interstate 229 take Route K north 1 mile, then take Gravel Road 396 west 3 miles.


The area is primarily forest and old fields. Facilities/features: primitive camping and permanent stream (Missouri River).

About This Area

Worthwine Island Conservation Area is in Andrew County, southwest of Amazonia.  The Conservation Department purchased 28 acres along the Missouri River in 1989. Additional purchases have brought the area to its present 584 acres.

The property was acquired in order to preserve unique wetlands and habitats associated with the Missouri River and to provide public lands and recreational opportunities in northwest Missouri.

The area was an island before the U.S. Corps of Engineers channelized the Missouri River.

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.

In 2007 one of the main chutes on the area was restored by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.  The chute restoration recreated the island portion of the area and off-channel aquatic habitat nearly absent in the river's current conditions.

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 area consists of restoring bottomland hardwoods through tree planting, allowing natural revegetation and developing wetland habitat.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River   
Camping - Individual Campsites   
Canoeing  Missouri River  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Pheasant Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel 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 Fair population.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Missouri River  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Designated primitive camping at two parking lots. No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 4.00 miles Walk in access 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 340.00  
Wetland 30.00  
Crop Land 5.00  
Old Field 200.00  
Other 9.82 Roads and parking lots 
Total Area Acres:584.82 

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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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