Chloe Lowry Marsh Natural Area

Driving Directions

From the Highway 136/Route FF junction in Princeton, take Route FF north 1 mile to Fernwood Place, the first gravel road going west (left). Take Fernwood Place west 2 miles to the area parking lot.


This area includes 40 acres of freshwater marsh and 15 acres of wet-mesic prairie. Chloe Lowry Marsh is one of the highest quality natural marshes in the state containing six Missouri species of conservation concern.

About This Area

This Natural Area was purchased from the Kauffman family in 1992. It is named after the late Chloe (Kauffman) Lowry, beloved aunt and wife of the late Frank Lowry, a prominent local business man. Mrs. Lowry had a great interest in the outdoors, specifically in birds.

This area is one of the best examples of the few remaining natural freshwater marshes in the state. At least six Missouri plant species of conservation concern occur here and the area is either home to, or provides migratory habitat for a variety of birds, mammals and amphibians.

The Department manages the area primarily with prescribed fire. This is a good area for birding and has an old railroad berm bisecting the area that provides good walking access from the parking lot to the marsh units.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Wetland species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. Waterfowl hunting is over a natural marsh that is rainfall-dependent. Water is not pumped onto the area. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Chloe Lowry Marsh NA 115.00 acres To learn more, see natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent  0.07 miles The Weldon Fork of the Grand River touches the Northwest corner of the area.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 40.00 Natural freshwater marsh 
Old Field 50.00  
Native Prairie 15.00 Wet mesic prairie 
Forest and Woodland 10.00  
Total Area Acres:115.00 

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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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