Pony Express Lake Conservation Area

About this Area

For more information call
(816) 675-2205
Total Acres

Pony Express Lake CA

Pony Express Lake CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

Approximately 25 miles west of the Pony Express Conservation Area on the Missouri River is the original site of a settlement known as Blacksnake Hills, later to become the city of St. Joseph, where the Pony Express mail service began in 1860.
In addition to providing public fishing and wildlife-based recreational opportunities near the St. Joseph and Kansas City metropolitan areas, Pony Express Conservation Area demonstrates the balanced relationship that can exist between agricultural operations and wildlife populations.
Acquisition of land for Pony Express Conservation Area began in 1961. The Conservation Department has purchased additional tracts since then. The area includes 240-acre Pony Express Lake, which was opened to public fishing on January 1, 1966.
In cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, construction of 45-acre Buffalo Bill Lake in the north part of the area was completed in 1987. The lake opened to public fishing in 1990 and features a concrete boat ramp, parking lot and facilities for visitors with disabilities.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Dove,
    • Turkey,
    • Squirrel
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Bird Watching
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fish Cleaning StationFish Cleaning Station
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service
  • 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 Cameron, take Highway 36 west 6 miles, then Highway 33 north 2 miles, then Route RA 1.50 miles to area entrance.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information