Saint Stanislaus Conservation Area

Driving Directions

In Hazelwood, take Highway 370 to Exit #9 (Earth City Expressway/Hwy 141). Travel north on Missouri Bottom Road. Stay straight on Aubuchon Road at the junction with Missouri Bottom Road (Missouri Bottom road turns east). Go 2.4 miles north to Area entrance.

About This Area

Saint Stanislaus Conservation Area is in north St. Louis County. The Conservation Department leases this 812-acre area from the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation and manages it for a variety of wildlife species.

The area was named for the former Saint Stanislaus Seminary which used this site for a retreat. Old building foundations from this retreat still remain.

Early French explorers named this historic bluff "La Charbonier," which means coal seam. The journals of Lewis and Clark also noted the coal resources of the bluff.

Access to Charbonier Bluff, which overlooks the Missouri River bottoms, is provided by hiking trails from the lower parking area.

The area includes a portion of Bryan Island on the Missouri River. The island is on the western boundary of the property and is accessible only by boat.

Habitats found on the area include wetlands, upland and bottomland forest, and open fields.

The lower portions of the area are frequently subject to spring flooding.

General Information

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(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Walk in access to Bryan Island Chute. 
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. Walk in access to Bryan Island Chute. 
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, Drum, Sturgeon 
Hiking  Approximately 3.5 miles of primitive trails on the bluffs, some sections are very steep. Paved loop trail approximately 0.4 miles in length. Another disabled accessible linear trail approximately 0.5 miles in length.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lotaccessible  Two gravel parking lots both with disabled accessible concrete parking pads.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Missouri River and Cowmire Creek 0.75 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 25.00  
Forest and Woodland 560.00  
Old Field 180.00  
Crop Land 0.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 44.00  
Other 3.00 Infrastructure: Parking Lots and Trails. 
Total Area Acres:812.15 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Disabled-accessible trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.40 
Disabled-accessible trail (Easy) accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.50 
Hiking trail (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 3.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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