Saint Stanislaus CA

About this Area

Total Acres

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Waterfall at Saint Stanislaus
Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Saint Stanislaus Conservation Area is in north St. Louis County. The Conservation Department leases this 812-acre area from the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation and manages it for a variety of wildlife species.

The area was named for the former Saint Stanislaus Seminary which used this site for a retreat. Old building foundations from this retreat still remain.

Early French explorers named this historic bluff "La Charbonier," which means coal seam. The journals of Lewis and Clark also noted the coal resources of the bluff.

Access to Charbonier Bluff, which overlooks the Missouri River bottoms, is provided by hiking trails from the lower parking area.

The area includes a portion of Bryan Island on the Missouri River. The island is on the western boundary of the property and is accessible only by boat.

Habitats found on the area include wetlands, upland and bottomland forest, and open fields.

The lower portions of the area are frequently subject to spring flooding.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Fishing
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Turkey
  • Bird Watching
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)
  • 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
In Hazelwood, take Highway 370 to Exit #9 (Earth City Expressway/Hwy 141). Travel north on Missouri Bottom Road. Stay straight on Aubuchon Road at the junction with Missouri Bottom Road (Missouri Bottom road turns east). Go 2.4 miles north to Area entrance.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

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A rutted truck path goes through a field towards a wooded area.
Old road that winds through the old farm fields in St Stanislaus Conservation Area