Gayoso Bend Unit of Black Island Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Walk-in or boat-in area. This area can be accessed by boat along the Mississippi River or from Boat Club Chute. There is also a gravel boat slide on Stephen C. Bradford Unit that provides access to Gayoso Unit. During dry periods, it can be possible to walk into Gayoso Unit at the boat slide.

About This Area

Gayoso Bend Conservation Area is located in Pemiscot County north of Caruthersville. It encompasses 968 acres of forestland, including 125 acres of wooded sloughs. The Mississippi River provides two miles of river frontage on the east side. The area is very flat with elevations ranging from 260-270 feet above mean sea level.

Rare plants and animals in the vicinity include primrose willow, saltmarsh aster, interior least tern, and cotton mouse.

The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased the area in 1986.

The town of Gayoso was located on or near the area. Its remains are buried deep in the silt.

There are no structures or other artifical improvements on the area. Access is limited to a walk-in easement only.

General Information

Southeast

Pemiscot

573-290-5730

Owned by MDC

  • On Gayoso Unit of Black Island Conservation Area:  All public use is prohibited, except fishing and waterfowl hunting by boat, when the Mississippi River water level is at or above twenty eight feet (28') on Caruthersville gauge.
  • Walk in or boat in area.  This area can be accessed by boat along the Mississippi River or from Boat Club Chute.  There is also a gravel boat slide on Stephen C. Bradford unit that provides access to Gayoso Unit.  During dry periods it can be possible to walk into Gayoso unit at the boat slide.

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good population of Neotropical migrants species are present during peak migration periods. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. When fishing the Mississippi River, fishermen are restricted to Mississippi River regulations, when fishing outside of the Mississippi River channel statewide stream regulations apply.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. When fishing the Mississippi River, fishermen are restricted to Mississippi River regulations, when fishing outside of the Mississippi River channel statewide stream regulations apply.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. White bass and sauger. When fishing the Mississippi River, fishermen are restricted to Mississippi River regulations, when fishing outside of the Mississippi River channel statewide stream regulations apply.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, buffalo. When fishing the Mississippi River, fishermen are restricted to Mississippi River regulations, when fishing outside of the Mississippi River channel statewide stream regulations apply.  
Hiking  No designated trails. Internal access roads provide an opportunity to walk through bottomland riverfront forest. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Other  Turkey, Waterfowl (non-toxic shot only), and Small Game hunting is allowed. Statewide seasons and regulations apply. Populations vary and can be sporadic.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Contact Missouri Department of Conservation New Madrid Forestry Office for further information: 1-573-748-5134. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
No Developed Facilities

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Mississippi River 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 968.00 Bottomland Riverfront Forest 
Total Area Acres:968.00 

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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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