Amidon Memorial Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Fredericktown, take Route J east, then Route W south, then County Road 208 east.


The area is nearly all forest. Facilities/features: permanent stream (Castor River) and Castor River Shut-ins Natural Area.

About This Area

Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is a 1,630-acre area located on the upper reaches of the Castor River in Bollinger and Madison counties. Evelyn and Ellsworth Amidon donated a portion of the area to the Conservation Department; other tracts were acquired from private landowners and the U.S. Forest Service.

The forest's timber species range from mixed hardwoods to shortleaf pine to cedar glades. A granite shut-ins on the Castor River adds an interesting geologic feature.

During your visit, you may see various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and maintain watershed quality. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance will return soon.

The Conservation Department has created watering ponds and planted food plots and agricultural crops within the forest to provide additional food sources for wildlife.

Timber harvests are also an important part of habitat management; they produce forage and cover for forest wildlife.

Boundaries are marked from tree to tree with blue paint, and/or signs. State forest signs also are posted where boundaries intersect state and county roads or private lands. Please respect the rights of adjacent landowners.

Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is located south of Route J, approximately eight miles east of Fredericktown. County Road 208 fords the Castor River on the area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Glass containers are prohibited on the area.
  • GPS Coordinates N 37Deg 34.132', W 090Deg 09.310'

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Smallmouth and largemouth bass. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  One mile loop trail at shut-ins, and good hiking on area access 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-Dove Fair population. Dove field management in some years. 
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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  By permit only. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Accessible through south entrance to area, which is off county road 248. Go through private gate. No amenities provided. 
Other Stream Access (wade fishing) in Castor River  Wade fishing opportunity is primarily downstream of the Castor River ShutIns. 
Parking Lot   Enter south side of property off County Road 248 through gate about 1/2 mile up the road. This is a private gate. Close it after you drive through it.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Castor River Shut-Ins 209.00 acres Igneous rock formations and related ecosystems make this a very unique place. Glass containers are prohibited on the area. For more information, visit natural areas.   
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres Wildlife watering ponds 6 waterholes @1/4 acre apiece  
Stream - Permanent Combs Branch 0.75 miles Combs Branch is a small stream and not recommended for fishing. 
Stream - Permanent Stannett Creek 0.50 miles Stannett Creek is a small stream and not recommended for fishing. 
Stream - Permanent Castor River 1.00 miles Stream access (wade fishing) 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 100.00  
Glade 60.00  
Forest and Woodland 1476.00  
Total Area Acres:1636.75 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Cedar Glade Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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