Conservation Area Plans Open for Comment

Do you have ideas about how your conservation areas are managed? We’d like to hear them.

New plans posted monthly

As conservation area management plans become available, we will post them for a month-long comment period.

Plans are posted below and listed by region of the state. Please review a plan and leave comments by following the link in the plan.

We will consider your input during the process of finalizing the plans.

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Ranacker Conservation Area contains 1,831 acres of mostly forested land in Pike County. Peno Creek traverses the northern portion of the area, providing over a mile of stream frontage. This area is managed to encourage healthy populations of deer, turkey, small game, non-game and fish species and compatible recreational opportunities. It also contains a shooting range with 25, 50 and 100 yard targets.


Lake Paho Conservation Area provides a place for area residents to fish and hunt. This 2,350 acre conservation area provides habitat for grassland and open woodland wildlife species. It also provides public use of a fishing jetty, 273-acre lake, 14 fishable ponds, primitive campgrounds and nearly 6 miles of field access trails.


The Cape Girardeau Urban Wild Acres area includes Cape LaCroix Bluffs, Cape Woods and Juden Creek Conservation Areas. These areas are forested and contain species of conservation concern. Cape Woods Conservation Area includes the Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail.

The Sand Prairie Conservation Area contains 200 acres of rich sand grassland with rolling sand dunes and exposed sand blows. These unique sand grasslands sustain many rare plants and animals.

The Lake Girardeau Conservation Area includes 351 acres that provide the public with outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, camping, picnicing, hiking and nature viewing. The area includes 10 designated primitive campground sites, two floating docks, a concrete boat ramp, courtesy dock, 1 mile of hiking trail, privies, picnic tables and grills.

Black Island Conservation Area includes the Wolf Bayou, Gayoso Bend, Desoto and Stephen C. Bradford Units. These areas contain a Missisippi River lowlands complex of wetlands and bottomland forest communities. Species of conservation concern occur here. The Wolf Bayou Unit provides a concrete ramp and boat slide to access the area's bayous. The Stephen C. Bradford Unit provides a boat slide to the Gayoso Bend Unit.


Sunset Park Access provides access to the Pomme de Terre River. It is used for bank fishing and launching canoes and other small boats.

Drywood Conservation Area contains 100 acres of land and two ponds. Grassland, old field, woodland and forests are managed to provide wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities. The area's ponds include one 0.15-acre pond and a two-acre stocked fishing pond (Drywood Pond).

The Shoal Creek Accesses provide public fishing access to Shoal Creek for boat and bank anglers. This management plan includes Smack-Out, Cherry Corner, Allen Bridge, Lime Kiln and Wildcat Accesses.

St. Louis

Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation Area provides 134 acres of natural area for Kirkwood residents to enjoy. The nature park provides expanded interpretive and recreational opportunites in a riverine environment. Visitors can traverse through diverse natural communities, such as dolomite glades and woodlands, and riverfront forests.

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