Platte Falls Conservation Area

Driving Directions

South side: Take Route HH (Platte City exit) east 0.60 mile.
North side: Take the Highway 371 exit off I-29, travel northeast on Elm Grove Road about 1.50 miles, then east on Sharps Station Road 1.60 miles, and south on Settle Station Road 0.50 mile.


This area contains forest, cropland, old fields, and pasture. Facilities/features: boat ramps, pavilions, shotgun and archery ranges, fishable ponds (two acres total), and permanent stream (Platte River).

About This Area

The Conservation Department purchased Platte Falls Wildlife Management Area in 1980 with funds from the 1/8 of 1% Design for Conservation sales tax. The 2,366-acre area includes 1,320 acres of bottomland and upland timber, 295 acres of agricultural lands, 515 acres of grasslands and old fields, and 206 acres of wetlands. 

Hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and birdwatching are popular here, and a 9.1-mile unchannelized stretch of the Platte River flowing through the area allows many river-oriented activities and recreations.

The area has an archery sight-in range, as well as a shotgun range.  Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited on the shotgun range.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

  • Firearms firing single projectiles larger than twenty-two (.22) caliber rimfire are prohibited.
  • Camping is only for youth groups with special use permits. No general camping on the area.
  • Platte Falls Shop 816-858-5718.
  • Click here for Conservation Area Bird List

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Canoeing  Canoeing opportunity available on Platte River. You can actually launch a canoe, float downriver for over 2 miles, and take out at the same parking lot.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Fishing for catfish is good in the Platte River. 
Fishing - Other Good population. Fishing for carp, gar, mooneye/goldeye, and buffalo can be good on the Platte River. 
Hiking  No designated trails 
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 Good population. Over 70 acres are intensively managed for doves on an annual basis. 
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. See area regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. See area regulations.  
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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. During wet years 
Other  Fishing clinics held at area pond. Contact shop office for details. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - ConcreteaccessibleDownstream boat ramp  Platte River  
Boat Ramp - Stream - ConcreteaccessibleDucks Head Boat Ramp upstream  Platte River  
OtheraccessibleArchery Range   
Other Shotgun range   
Parking Lotaccessible  Includes 4-Gravel Parking Lot with concrete pads and 1 Paved Parking Lot. 
PavilionaccessibleArchery Range Pavilion   
PavilionaccessibleClinic Pavilion   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Clinic Pond 1 (Lrg groups need appointment) 1.00 acres The clinic pond is available to the public, catch and release only. Large organized groups need to make an appointment.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Clinic Pond 2 (Lrg groups need appointment) 1.50 acres The clinic pond is available to the public, catch and release only. Large organized groups need to make an appointment.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 3 0.50 acres  
Fishless Pond  3.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Platte River 10.40 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 6.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 162.00  
Forest and Woodland 1320.00  
Old Field 353.00  
Crop Land 295.00  
Wetland 206.00  
Total Area Acres:2424.21 

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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 otherwise posted

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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