Elam Bend Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Albany: take Route A south 10.50 miles, then 430th Street east 1.50 miles to the area entrance.
From I-35: take Exit 68, then Highway 69 north 7 miles, then Route Z west 7.80 miles, then Route A north 3.10 miles, then 430th Street to the area entrance.


This area is a mixture of forest, old field, and cropland habitat. The area features a boat ramp with access to the Grand River, a firearms shooting range, primitive camping, and a disabled accessible privy.

About This Area

The Conservation Department initially purchased property for Elam Bend Conservation Area in 1979 in order to provide a river-oriented, multiple-use area on an unchannelized portion of the upper Grand River. Subsequent additions to the area have increased its size to 1,483 acres.

In addition to providing river access and river-oriented recreation, the area is managed for both game and non-game species of upland and forest wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping at 4 designated parking lots. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Access to Grand River 
Fishing - Bass Good population. Area ponds  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Area ponds and Grand River 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Grand River (carp, etc.) 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Area ponds  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  With special use permit. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Grand River   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
OtheraccessibleRifle Range  25, 50, 100 yard range shooting distances. There are shooting benches for both right- and left- handed shooters. Three benches at each range. 
OtheraccessibleShotgun Range   
Parking Lotaccessible  2 ADA  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.50 acres  
Stream - Permanent Grand River 4.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 370.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 100.00  
Crop Land 290.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.50  
Forest and Woodland 720.40  
Total Area Acres:1483.40 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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