Windy Bar Island CA

About this Area

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Total Acres

Windy Bar Island Conservation Area is extensively forested with approximately 90 percent of the island chain composed of riverfront forest or wet-mesic bottomland forest natural communities. Cottonwood and willow are the dominant tree species on the island. Forested ephemeral wetlands, sandbar, and streambank/riverbank communities compose the remaining cover types that can be encountered on Windy Bar.

Schenimann Chute, a high-flow side channel of the Mississippi River, adjoins approximately five miles of the western boundary of the property. Schenimann Chute side channel and Windy Bar Island are located along the right descending bank between river miles 62.5 and 56.5. The side channel is dissected by closing structures, which create four distinct pools during lower river stages. Schenimann Chute is important habitat for “Big River" fishes that seek off-channel habitats that the Chute provides.

Windy Bar Island CA was purchased by the Missouri Conservation Commission, with assistance from the USFWS grant progam, in the summer of 2008.

The Island is important for federally endangered pallid sturgeon, interior least terns, and many Mississippi River fishes that are declining.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Fishing
    • Catfish
  • Camping
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Turkey
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • 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
Windy Bar Island Conservation Area does not have road access and cannot be reached by automobile. It can be accessed by watercraft from Red Star Access (a Mississippi River boat launch), which is located on Second Street just north of the Cape Girardeau downtown district and one block east of Main Street. The southern end of Windy Bar Island is four river miles north of Red Star Access. Windy Bar Island can also be reached by watercraft from the Moccasin Springs Boat Ramp at Trail of Tears State Park. The northern end of Windy Bar Island is 4.50 miles south of the Trail of Tears State Park boat launch.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information