Swift Ditch Access

Driving Directions

From Sikeston, take I-55 south 6 miles, then Highway 80 east, take Route V south 1 mile, then County Road 702 east 0.50 mile.


This area is mostly old field.

About This Area

Swift Ditch Access is located in New Madrid County, seven miles south of Sikeston near the junction of Interstate 55 and Highway 80. The area can be accessed from county gravel road 702, off Route V.

The Conservation Department acquired this area in 1997 with the purchase of a 146 acre farm from a private landowner who had the ground in row crops.

This area is predominately a wetland habitat with heavy, poorly drained soils to light sandy loams on the upland sites.

Low profile levees and water control structures have been installed for the restoration and protection of the wetlands habitat, including water quality, erosion control, and perennial cover for wildlife.

The variety of tree, shrub, and plant life provides diversity for wildlife. The area also has nearly a mile of St. Johns Ditch frontage with limited access for fishing opportunities.

General Information


New Madrid


Owned by MDC

  • No Camping.
  • No single projectile firearms.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good population of species, although populations vary.  Walking through the area will provide the best results. Due to flooding access can be limited or not predictable. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp, Buffalo 
Hunting-Deer  Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting  Waterfowl hunting is permitted, population varies, often limited. Flooding is limited to times of high water in Swift Ditch. Statewide regulations apply. Non-toxic shot only may be used. 
Other  Small Game and Turkey hunting is sporadic. No single projectile firearms on the area. Statewide regulations apply.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Contact Missouri Department of Conservation New Madrid Forestry Office for further information:  1-573-748-5134.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Wetland Swift Ditch Access Area  100.00 acres Numerous small tree planting and shallow depressions that hold water during the winter season.  
Stream - Permanent St. Johns Bayou (Swift Ditch) 1.25 miles 1.25 miles of frontage 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 146.00 Numerous small tree planting, shallow depressions that seasonally hold water, and moist soil habitat. 
Total Area Acres:146.00 

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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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