Grand Pass Conservation Area


The wetland pools on Grand Pass Conservation Area will be dewatered so research can be conducted and data gathered during March. The information gathered will be beneficial to future wetland management of the area. Wildlife viewing and light goose hunting might be affected during this time period.

Driving Directions

From Marshall, take Highway 65 west 8 miles, then Route N north 5 miles to area headquarters.


This area is largely wetlands and cropland with 800 acres of forest.

About This Area

Grand Pass Conservation Area is in Saline County. Six miles of the area fronts the Missouri River. The Conservation Department purchased 2,100 acres in 1980, 2,611 acres in 1984 and 385 acres in 1994 and leased 205 more acres in 1986 to form Grand Pass Conservation Area.

The area consists of Missouri River bottomlands, including wetlands, adjacent river islands, agricultural units, and timber tracts.

Area development includes levees and water control structures. Waterways and pumps help manage these Missouri River wetlands and restore and maintain habitat for migratory wetland species and associated resident wildlife. Wetland management consists of providing fall and spring flooded habitat for migratory birds and emergent marshes for resident and breeding wetland wildlife.

This area has been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBA's are sites that have been identified by Audubon as those that are the most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present.

Grand Pass Conservation Area is within the Wakenda Bottoms Conservation Opportunity Area, a broad reach of the Missouri River floodplain. Historically, the dynamic shifting of the Missouri River with its braided channels and fluctuating water levels created a mosaic of marshes and wet prairies here.

The Missouri Department of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, University of Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and interested private landowners are partnering to restore and conserve these diverse wetlands.

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Grand Pass/ Balitimore Bend designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Boat-in along Missouri River  Six miles of Missouri River frontage.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided.   
Exhibits/Displays  Wetland observation tower. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Missouri River. 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp. 
Highlighted Activities  Waterfowl hunting program-Spring waterfowl migration. 
Hiking  No designated trails. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. See Regulations.   
Hunting-Dove Good population. Click on link to dove management map (available in August). Non-toxic shot only  
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Non-toxic shot only  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Special Regulations apply on season dates, and designated areas. Contact area headquarters for more information. Non-toxic shot only, hunters required to check-in at Area headquarters prior to hunting.    Click on link to Area Regulations.   
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Spring Only, Special Regulations apply on season dates, and designated areas. Contact area headquarters for more information. Non-toxic shot only, hunters required to check-in at Area headquarters prior to hunting. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Hunting-Waterfowl – Morning Draw Good population. Hunting opportunity is allocated daily through a morning drawing and the MDC Quick Draw system. Hunting closes at 1:00pm daily.  Click link to Area Regulations.     
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required- Contact Chris Freeman 660-646-6122.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Hunting Blind - Waterfowlaccessible  This hunting blind is ADA Accessible and can be reserved through the online Quick Draw System.  
Parking Lotaccessible 23  1 - ADA  
Privy/Restroomaccessible  1 - ADA  
Viewing Deck/Tower    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Teteseau Lake 25.00 acres oxbow 
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 6.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 2670.00  
Forest and Woodland 800.00  
Lakes/Ponds 25.05  
Other 205.00 Leased property from Teteseau Levee District. 
Crop Land 1601.00  
Total Area Acres:5301.05 

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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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