Grand Pass Conservation Area

About this Area

For more information call
(660) 646-6122
Total Acres


Aerial view of Grand Pass Conservation Area
Crops and native plants are growing well at Grand Pass Conservation Area, a good sign for the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting season.
Jim Low

Grand Pass Conservation Area is in Saline County. Six miles of the area fronts the Missouri River. The Conservation Department purchased 2,100 acres in 1980, 2,611 acres in 1984 and 385 acres in 1994 and leased 205 more acres in 1986 to form Grand Pass Conservation Area.

The area consists of Missouri River bottomlands, including wetlands, adjacent river islands, agricultural units, and timber tracts.

Area development includes levees and water control structures. Waterways and pumps help manage these Missouri River wetlands and restore and maintain habitat for migratory wetland species and associated resident wildlife. Wetland management consists of providing fall and spring flooded habitat for migratory birds and emergent marshes for resident and breeding wetland wildlife.

This area has been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBA's are sites that have been identified by Audubon as those that are the most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present.

Grand Pass Conservation Area is within the Wakenda Bottoms Conservation Opportunity Area, a broad reach of the Missouri River floodplain. Historically, the dynamic shifting of the Missouri River with its braided channels and fluctuating water levels created a mosaic of marshes and wet prairies here.

The Missouri Department of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, University of Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and interested private landowners are partnering to restore and conserve these diverse wetlands.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Morning Draw
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites,
    • Boat-in along Missouri River
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Hunting
    • Turkey,
    • Deer,
    • Dove,
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit
  • Fishing
    • Catfish
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • Dove FieldDove Field

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 Marshall, take Highway 65 west 8 miles, then Route N north 5 miles to area headquarters.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information