Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

The hours of entry gate operation and the hours the area will be open to the public are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. These hours will not be modified except for people participating in a managed hunt or other Department of Conservation sanctioned event on Columbia Bottom CA.

Due to extensive flood damage in 2019, public vehicle access on the area remains limited. Access to parking lot D and most of parking lot O (canoe/kayak access) has been restored.
The following locations are currently inaccessible or closed:
? The paved road from parking lot D to the boat ramp is closed.
? The Missouri River boat access is accessible by driving the gravel road through the area and returning to the boat ramp via the blacktop road.
? All the area trails have been damaged and are closed. Conditions are rugged and uneven in many places. Users may hike these trails at their own discretion.
? The road from parking lot L to the confluence is closed. Area users may park at lot L and hike to the confluence (approx. 1 mile).

About this Area

For more information call
(636) 441-4554
Total Acres


A person looks over a field of sunflowers from a viewing platform.
Dan Zarlenga

Columbia Bottom is for those who love wide, open spaces. It's located in a floodplain at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the two largest in North America. The area features a paved, level hiking and biking trail that partially traverses the area with an out-and-back path. The trail, and much of the Columbia Bottom Area itself, has been reshaped by the dynamic forces of nature through recurring flooding. A boat ramp enables boaters and anglers to put in to the Missouri River, and a separate access gets paddlers onto the Mississippi.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Squirrel,
    • Deer
  • Bird Watching
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Morning Draw
  • Fishing
    • Catfish
  • Dog Training
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Hiking
  • Boat Landing (Disabled Accessible)Boat Landing (Disabled Accessible)
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Picnic Area (Disabled Accessible)Picnic Area (Disabled Accessible)
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hike / Bike TrailHike / Bike Trail
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • Dove FieldDove Field

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Area is closed from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise.
In North St. Louis County, take the Riverview Drive exit from I-270, then Riverview north about 2.50 miles to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

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A large yellow sunflower with dark center stands in a field of more sunflowers
A large sunflower in a field of sunflowers at Columbia Bottom CA in St. Louis


A sea of yellow flowers spreads out across a field.
Field of Sunflowers at the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area.
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