Pelican Island Natural Area

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In North St. Louis County, near Sioux Passage Park on the Missouri River. Public access is by boat only.

About This Area

Pelican Island Natural Area is a Missouri River island located in north St. Louis County. The island reaches from river mile 10.5 to river mile 16.5.

Pelican Island Access is located in north St. Louis County on the bank of the Missouri River at river mile 10.5. The 2,260-acre Pelican Island Natural Area is made up primarily of the island, but also includes a small strip of land at the base of the river bluffs.

The area received its Natural Area status because it is the best example of a natural island in this stretch of the Missouri River.

The island is mostly forested, but also includes some wetland and old field habitats.

The 42-acre Pelican Island Access is located on the mainland adjacent to Sioux Passage Park and is mostly forested.

General Information

St. Louis

Saint Louis


Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Spring migration at "greenup" is best time. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Canoeing  Missouri River and Car of Commerce Chute. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, drum, sturgeon  
Hiking  Dense vegetation, no designated or maintained trails. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Managed hunt only. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
No Developed Facilities

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Pelican Island Natural Area 2260.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent Missouri River 5.80 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 160.00  
Forest and Woodland 2100.00  
Total Area Acres:2259.90 

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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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