Cape LaCroix Bluffs CA

About this Area

Total Acres

Cape LaCroix Bluffs CA is a 63.21 acre area situated in northern Scott County in close proximity to the Diversion Channel and the Southeast Missouri Port Authority. 

Located off of Nash Road, Cape LaCroix Bluffs supports one of the rarest fishes in Missouri, the spring cavefish. Spring cavefish spend the majority of their lives underground in springs and aquatic caves. Spring cavefish is also known from just across the River in the Illinois Ozarks. Spring cavefish occupies similar habitats there. In fact, the geography that the spring cavefish occupies in Missouri, the Benton Hills, is closely associated with the Illinois Ozarks. Owing the close association to a relatively recent shift in the Mississippi River's course.

At Cape LaCroix Bluffs CA visitors can observe the old channel of the Mississippi River (the channel that use to travel west towards Mingo National Wildlife Refuge) and the present channel that flows through Thebes Gap. Flooding episodes on the Mississippi River, as glaciers melted across North America, led to a major (catastrophic) shift in the direction of flow of the Mississippi River. Floods that breached Thebes Gap allowed the Mississippi River to occupy its present channel and abandon the historic channel that traveled along the western extent of Southeast Missouri's bootheel.

Cape LaCroix Bluffs supports natural wetlands, limestone bluffs, and beech mesophytic forests unique to eastern Missouri.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • 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 Cape Girardeau, take Exit 91 on I-55, then take Route AB (Nash Road) east almost 3 miles. The parking area for Cape LaCroix Bluffs CA is located just before the intersection of Route K and Route AB (Nash Road).
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information