Bradley A. Hammer Memorial Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Williamsville, take Highway 49 west, then County Road 417 south, then County Road 419 west, and County Road 424 north.


This area is mostly forested. Facilities/features: fishable pond.

About This Area

Bradley A. Hammer Memorial Conservation Area is in Wayne County, one-half mile south of Williamsville and 10 miles northwest of Poplar Bluff. The area borders the Black River and includes 1.4 miles of river frontage along its northern border. Visitors can access the 344-acre area from Wayne County Road 424.

The property for this area was donated to the Conservation Department by Gordon and Shirley Garrey as a memorial to their deceased grandson.

Approximately 85 percent of the area is upland forest and riparian forest along Black River. The remaining acreage is cropland and old fields, which are now being managed for upland game. The area supports numerous game and non-game wildlife species, including deer, turkey, squirrels and raccoons. Wading and shore birds can be seen along Black River.

The area provides a primitive boat access to Black River.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Two parking lots. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Black River  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Walleye.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hunting-Deer Good 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 Fair 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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  By special use permit. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other   You can launch boats or canoes off of a gravel bar into Black River.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Primitive camping areas in two parking lots. No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other  0.00 count Bottomland hardwood forest along Black River.  
Other  1.00 count Slough 
Stream - Permanent Black River 1.40 miles  
Wildlife Watering Hole  0.50 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 289.00  
Crop Land 54.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00 Old oxbow slough - one acre. 
Total Area Acres:344.00 

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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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