Columbia Bottom CA

  • boat_landingBoat Landing
  • entry_pointEntry Point
  • mdc_officeMDC Office
  • parking_lotParking Lot
  • picnic_areaPicnic Area
  • privyPrivy
  • trailTrail
  • viewing_platformViewing Platform
  • boundaryBoundary
Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Squirrel,
    • Deer
  • Bird Watching
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Morning Draw
  • Fishing
    • Catfish
  • Dog Training
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Hiking

About this Area

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Columbia Bottom viewing deck
Visitors take in wayside exhibits at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, including confluence overlook.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is in north St. Louis County at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

The Conservation Department purchased this 4,318-acre area in 1997 to create an urban conservation area. The area includes a view of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, more than 6.5 miles of river frontage, about 800 acres of bottomland forest and a 110-acre island.

A small town once known as Columbia and later St. Vrain, was located in this river bottom. It was shown on plat maps from the mid 1800s, but was gone by 1870.

A flood protection levee protects most of this bottom from minor floods. The great flood of 1993 overtopped this levee and flooded most of the area, depositing sand, and debris. The area will continue to be prone to occasional flooding.

The Conservation Department is managing Columbia Bottom to create a mosaic of bottomland habitats that includes shallow wetlands, bottomland hardwoods, prairie, and cropland. These habitats attract a wide variety of resident and migratory wildlife for the enjoyment of all of our state's residents and visitors.

There are public access facilities, including a Visitor Center, a series of educational Exploration Stations, roads, trails, a river access and a viewing area at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Area is closed from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise except for authorized hunting and fishing and launching and landing boats.
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Directions
In North St. Louis County, take the Riverview Drive exit from I-270, then Riverview north about 2.50 miles to the area.
For more information call:
(314) 877-6014
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information
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