Eagle Bluffs CA

Effective March 23, MDC offices will be closed to visitors to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Conservation areas, nature center trails, and boat accesses remain open.

About this Area

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Total Acres

Eagle Bluff CA

Sunrise on Eagle Bluff CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area is in Boone County at the southwest edge of Columbia, near McBaine.

The Missouri River and Perche Creek provide over 10 miles of stream frontage on Eagle Bluffs. Through the years, the Missouri River has changed its course many times. The town of Providence, across Perche Creek from Eagle Bluffs, was once on the bank of the Missouri, before the river changed its course in the late 1800's. Providence is now almost a mile north of the river. The Missouri once flowed through what is now Eagle Bluffs and sunk the steamship "Plowboy," which is now believed to be buried under sand and silt on the area.

The Conservation Department purchased and developed this 4,431-acre area to help offset the loss of nearly 90 percent of Missouri's historical wetlands. The area's wetlands have been restored by creating 17 shallow pools. The wetland management infrastructure includes 30 miles of levees, 61 water control structures, river water supply pumps, a water supply junction box, pump-out facilities, and a pipeline linking the area to the City of Columbia's wastewater treatment wetlands. The City of Columbia and the Department of Conservation entered into a cooperative agreement that allows the Department to use treated wastewater from the city as a primary water source for the wetlands. The city's "recycled" wastewater provides a near constant source of water, but river pumps can supplement the water supply when the area's needs exceed the flow from the city.

The area's 17 wetland pools allow the flooding of 1,100 acres of moist soil marshes, emergent marshes, and crop fields. These marshes provide year-round habitat for migrating and wintering birds and permanent wildlife and excellent wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities.

In the fall, the area's beauty is enhanced by colorful foliage along the bordering limestone bluffs.

The KATY Trail State Park passes through a portion of the area and adds to the public's use and enjoyment of Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. The parking lot located on Warren School Road provides walking access to the area's scenic overlook.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Squirrel,
    • Deer,
    • Rabbit,
    • Dove
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Morning Draw
  • Camping
    • Boat-in along Missouri River
  • Fishing
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie
  • Bird Watching
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Viewing PlatformViewing Platform
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • 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 Columbia, take Providence Road (Route K) south past the village of McBaine. Continue across Perche Creek and turn left on Star School Road.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

Eagle Bluff CA Morning

Misty morning at Eagle Bluff Conservation Area
Eagle Bluff CA Morning


Photo of bald eagle flying at Eagle Bluffs CA
Bald Eagle at Eagle Bluffs CA
Eagle soaring high at Eagle Bluffs CA

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Two swans flap their wings as they get airborne. There are several other swans on the ground behind them.
Swans taking off at Eagle Bluffs CA