Bittern Bottoms Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Harrisonville, take I-49/Highway 71 south 5 miles, then County Road 307 west 2.50 miles.


This area contains wetlands and forest, including a 20-acre marsh and a 13-acre sedge-and-grass wet meadow.

About This Area

Bittern Bottoms Conservation Area is in Cass County, about eight miles southeast of Harrisonville.

The Conservation Department acquired this area in 1985 and manages it to preserve wetland habitat and provide the public opportunities for viewing, studying, and photographing wetland plants and animals.

The 67-acre area, named for the least bittern which sometimes nests here, is located in the Grand River bottoms. The area is 40 percent forested and includes a 20-acre man-made marsh, which was originally a private duck hunting club.

A 13-acre open sedge and grass-covered wet meadow adds to the diversity of wetland habitat on the area.

Wood ducks, blue-winged teal, mallards, prothonotary warblers and tree sparrows reside at Bittern Bottoms. Muskrat, raccoon, mink, and other mammals commonly associated with Missouri wetland habitat are frequently seen here, along with a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

The area is open to the public from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Special facilities include a parking lot and a foot path to the interior of the marsh. Canoes and other small watercraft can be carried from the parking lot to the marsh.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  Marsh  
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.  
Other  No Hunting except for archery deer and fall turkey by archery methods.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
No Identified Features

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 26.00  
Wetland 40.00  
Total Area Acres:66.66 

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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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