Amidon Mem CA

About this Area

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Total Acres


Creek and rock bluffs on Amidon Memorial CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is a 1,630-acre area located on the upper reaches of the Castor River in Bollinger and Madison counties. Evelyn and Ellsworth Amidon donated a portion of the area to the Conservation Department; other tracts were acquired from private landowners and the U.S. Forest Service.

The forest's timber species range from mixed hardwoods to shortleaf pine to cedar glades. A granite shut-ins on the Castor River adds an interesting geologic feature.

During your visit, you may see various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and maintain watershed quality. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance will return soon.

The Conservation Department has created watering ponds and planted food plots and agricultural crops within the forest to provide additional food sources for wildlife.

Timber harvests are also an important part of habitat management; they produce forage and cover for forest wildlife.

Boundaries are marked from tree to tree with blue paint, and/or signs. State forest signs also are posted where boundaries intersect state and county roads or private lands. Please respect the rights of adjacent landowners.

Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is located south of Route J, approximately eight miles east of Fredericktown. County Road 208 fords the Castor River on the area.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites,
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Hunting
    • Turkey,
    • Deer,
    • Dove,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel
  • Bird Watching
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Sunfish
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Natural AreaNatural Area
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Fredericktown, take Route J east, then Route W south, then County Road 208 east.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

Castor River at Amidon Mem CA

Trees and rocks reflect in calm stream water. The low water reveals many rocks and sandbars.
Castor River at Amidon Memorial Conservation Area in winter

Amidon Mem CA Castor River Shut Ins

Clear water rushes between a small, smooth, rocky culvert
Castor River Shut-Ins at Amidon Mem CA.