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Use our “Places to Go” feature for updates on area closures. Search for a specific area or areas near you using the appropriate search fields. Next, click on the area name listed under the map to get any closure information.

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Bluffwoods CA

Located south of St. Joseph, Bluffwoods CA was acquired decades ago to preserve one of the last remaining oak-hickory forested areas in northwest Missouri. Steep bluffs provide scenic views of the Missouri River valley. It’s a great area for birdwatching and observing wildlife.

Three Creeks CA

Three Creeks is 1,500 acres of forest and woodlands south of Columbia. The rugged terrain features scenic bluffs, intermittent streams, geologic formations, and old eastern red cedar trees. Check out the Turkey Creek Interpretive Trail for great views of nature and wildlife.

Photo of bald cypress trees and lowland habitat at Allred Lake

This natural area might only be 160 acres, but it contains one of the best examples of lowland swamp and bottomland forest in Missouri. It includes a natural lake surrounded by a cypress-tupelo swamp. A boardwalk and platform on the west side of the lake allow for nature viewing and photography.

Young CA

Young CA is located south of Eureka, and is part of the ecologically critical LaBarque Creek Watershed. At 1,221 acres, the area is mostly forest with prairie and old fields. There are two fishing ponds, two miles of LaBarque Creek, and six miles of trails.

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Accessible Outdoors

The Department is removing barriers that prevent people with disabilities from enjoying the outdoors. Throughout the state, new construction and renovations are improving access to Conservation Department areas, buildings, and shooting ranges.

Dove Hunting Areas

Get a list of all conservation areas with dove hunting, or download maps of areas managed for doves.