Castor River Conservation Area

About this Area

County
Bollinger
For more information call
(573) 290-5730
Total Acres
9688.1

Castor River CA is nearly all forest with several small springs scattered across the area, including Blue Pond Natural Area. Blue Pond is the deepest natural pond in Missouri at more than 65 feet deep. It's believed to have been formed from a cavern collapse during the New Madrid earthquake in 1811. Facilities/features at Castor River CA include primitive camping, multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horse riding, numerous intermittent streams and one permanent stream.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Camping
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack,
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Individual Campsites
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Shooting Range
    • Rifle or Pistol
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Natural AreaNatural Area
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hike / Bike / Equestrian TrailHike / Bike / Equestrian Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved

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
Directions
From Marble Hill, take Highway 34 west 12 miles. Continue west to access campgrounds, trails and range, take Route Y south from Highway 34.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Castor River
Range Id
2891
Maintenance Days
Closed Tuesday
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Rifle/Pistol
Target Distance
25,50,100
Disabled Access
Yes
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information