Cuivre Island CA

About this Area

Total Acres

Cuivre Island Conservation Area is in Lincoln and St. Charles counties, near Old Monroe. Access to the area is by Dalbow Road, off Highway 79.

The majority of the area is an island within Mississippi River navigation pool 26, between river miles 235 and 238. The area was purchased through a cooperative effort among the Conservation Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and The Nature Conservancy. Most of the 1,461-acre area was acquired to provide wildlife habitat as mitigation lands for the construction of Melvin Price Lock and Dam (26).

Cuivre Island Conservation Area consists of three separate tracts of land (mainland tract, Cuivre Island tract, and Turkey Island tract).  The mainland tract is 100 acres of mostly forested land.  The mainland tract does provide a parking lot and a boat launch to access Cuivre Slough.  Cuivre Island, at 1,240 acres, is mostly timbered, with 80 acres of old field, 40 acres of reforestation and 60 acres of sloughs. The island can be reached by boat from the mainland tract during normal river conditions.  Turkey Island is 120 acres of mostly forested land.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Fishing
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish,
    • Black Bass,
    • White Bass
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • 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 O'Fallon, take Highway 79 north to Dalbow Road, then follow Dalbow Road east 5 miles to the area entrance.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information