Dunn Ford Access

About this Area

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Total Acres

Dunn Ford Access

Field and wild flowers at Dunn Ford Access
Missouri Department of Conservation

The Conservation Department purchased land for Dunn Ford Access in 1982 in order to provide additional public access to South Fabius River. The 136-acre area is mostly open fields with timber along the river and on upland hill slopes. The original Dunn Ford, which was used in earlier times as a crossing for cattle drives, was located a short distance downstream of this area.

Access to the river is by a short foot path off the area's parking lot. The South Fabius River extends 0.7 miles along the north boundary of the area. This small river has several pools and riffles and numerous root wads that provide good fish habitat. This portion of the river is suitable for bank fishing, wading, and floating. The next access for canoeists is Blackhawk access, 10 river miles downstream, a long day's float.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • 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
From Philadelphia, take Route D north 2 miles, then Route J west 0.50 mile, and County Road 123 north 1 mile.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information