Baltimore Bend Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Waverly, take Highway 24 west 3 miles.


This area contains river-hills forest.

About This Area

Baltimore Bend Conservation Area is in northeastern Lafayette County, between the towns of Dover and Waverly. The area is situated on the woodland bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. It can be reached via Highway 24, which forms a part of the area's southern boundary, via Baltimore Bend Road on the east, via Mobley Landing Road on the west, or via Brown School Rd. on the west.

The area has a rich history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition of the early 1800's passed Baltimore Bend on the Missouri River, and the area was the focal point of much of the river's early boat traffic.

The river boat "Baltimore" found its final resting place against an island in the bend of the river, giving rise to the names of Baltimore Island and Baltimore Bend.

The Conservation Department began acquiring land for Baltimore Bend Conservation Area in 1986. The area presently consists of 1,202 acres. The north half of the area consists of steep, wooded slopes with narrow ridges and drainages are broad and flat. Most of the open fields are found in the southern portion of the area.

About 80 percent of the area is forested. Primary species include oaks, hickory, basswood and black walnut. Native warm-season grasses and grain crops/idle fields provide food and cover for wildlife.

The area is managed for a wide variety of game and non-game wildlife. Deer, turkey, and squirrels are abundant. Grain crops, native grasses, tree plantings, timber harvesting, and timber stand improvement help create additional habitat for quail, rabbit, and other species.

In 2002, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired Baltimore Bottom Unit, which is managed as part of Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Refuge operations differ from those at Baltimore Bend CA, so check with the refuge manager for details. Baltimore Bottom Unit is open for fishing and hunting under statewide regulations. The unit is closed to motor vehicles, ATVs, horses, and bicycles.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good opportunites to view forest interior and neotropical songbirds. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping is allowed along interior roads and/or parking lots. Seasonal closures and restrictions may apply.    
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days in any 30-day period. Personal property must be removed at the end of the 14-day period. Unless a special use permit is obtained, total camping days on all department lands are limited to 30 days within one calendar year.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Walk-in/backpack is allowed except during the firearms and alternative portions of the deer season. No amenities are provided. Walk-in/backpack camping is restricted to 100 yards or more away from the main gravel road and parking lots.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Fishing is poor in scattered ponds.  The ponds are not deep enough to support a manageable fishery.  
Hiking  Numerous interior access trails available for hiking. 
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.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good 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.  
Nature Viewing  Spring ephemerals can be found in the rich soils of Baltimore Bend. 
Other  Forest keeper plots for forest health monitoring and outdoor education for Norborne High School students. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Contact the area manager at Burr Oak Woods (816) 228-3766 to obtain a Special Use permit application.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent  4.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 105.00 52 acres of native warm season grass plantings, 
Crop Land 80.00  
Lakes/Ponds 5.00  
Other 5.00 Roads and Parking Lots 
Forest and Woodland 977.00  
Savanna 30.00  
Total Area Acres:1202.45 

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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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