Seventy-Six Conservation Area is located in eastern Perry County, at the end of Route D, approximately four miles northeast of Brazeau. The Conservation Department created this area in 1990 with the purchase of an 818-acre farm from a private landowner.
Steep forested hills with narrow ridge fields and deep hollows characterize this area. Steep rock bluffs face some sections of the Mississippi River, which runs along the area for nearly two miles.
The area supports a mixed hardwood forest, with stands of trees, including oaks, tulip poplars and other species, ranging in size from saplings to majestic old growth.
Seventy-Six Conservation Area is being used as a demonstration area for forest and wildlife management techniques often recommended for implementation on similar or smaller tracts of land under private ownership. Timber harvests and forest stand improvement practices are an important part of wildlife habitat management. They produce forage and cover for many species of wildlife. In addition, the Conservation Department has planted food plots, native warm-season grasses and legumes to provide additional food sources for wildlife. A trail is available to provide area users an opportunity to view these forest and wildlife management practices. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance will soon return.
Another trail along the river provides access to wing dikes for fishing.