Cooley Lake Conservation Area

About this Area

For more information call
(816) 858-5718
Total Acres

Cooley Lake was once the main channel of the Missouri River as it flowed along the north side of the river bottom. When the river changed course, a deep oxbow lake resulted. As siltation occurred over the years, the oxbow became a shallow marshy lake. The area was known as an outstanding waterfowl hunting area and around the turn of the century, a group of waterfowl hunters from Kansas City purchased the lake and surrounding land for a private hunting area. In 1971, the Kansas City Gun Club sold the property. Under the new ownership, the land was extensively farmed and the oxbow was used as a waterfowl hunting area and fishing lake. A drainage ditch and levee complex was constructed to gain additional farm acres. This system reduced the integrity of the oxbow by creating seven individual units with only one remaining in near natural oxbow vegetation. On Oct. 23, 1979, The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased 867 acres of land including the oxbow lake. Since that time, an additional 481 acres have been purchased to make up what is now 1,348 acres of public land. Much of the expansion took place along the Missouri River, providing public access to the Missouri River.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Dove,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Catfish
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Special Use Permit Required
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Boat Landing (Disabled Accessible)Boat Landing (Disabled Accessible)
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)
  • Viewing PlatformViewing Platform
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service

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 Missouri City, take Highway 210 east 2.50 miles to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

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Dozens of white pelicans rest on a bank against a backdrop of autumn leaves beginning to turn.
White pelicans at Cooley Lake CA