Platte Falls CA

About this Area

For more information call
(816) 858-5718
Total Acres
2424.2

The Conservation Department purchased Platte Falls Wildlife Management Area in 1980 with funds from the 1/8 of 1% Design for Conservation sales tax. The 2,366-acre area includes1,320 acres of bottomland and upland timber,295 acres of agricultural lands,515 acres of grasslands and old fields, and 206 acres of wetlands.

Hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and birdwatching are popular here, and a 9.1-mile unchannelized stretch of the Platte River flowing through the area allows many river-oriented activities and recreations.

The portion of the area where the river forms the rough shape of a duck's head is very unique. The "neck" of the duck's head has a boat ramp on each side. Anglers/canoeists/kayakers can lauch at the upstream ramp and enjoy a float of over 2 1/2 miles without the need to shuttle a vehicle.

The area has an archery sight-in range, as well as a shotgun range. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited on the shotgun range.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer,
    • Dove
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Fishing
    • Catfish
  • Boat Landing (Disabled Accessible)Boat Landing (Disabled Accessible)
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing DockFishing Dock
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Archery Range (Disabled Accessible)Archery Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Shotgun RangeShotgun Range
  • 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
Directions
South side: Take Route HH (Platte City exit) east 0.60 mile. North side: Take the Highway 371 exit off I-29, travel northeast on Elm Grove Road about 1.50 miles, then east on Sharps Station Road 1.60 miles, and south on Settle Station Road 0.50 mile.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Platte Falls
Range Id
2942
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Archery Static Target
Target Distance
10,20,30,40,50
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Name
Platte Falls
Range Id
3039
Maintenance Days
Varies
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Shotgun Informal/Patterning
Disabled Access
No
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information