There is a lot to do at Castor River Conservation Area 

The Castor River runs throughout southeast Missouri. It starts about 10 miles northeast of Fredericktown in the southern corner of Ste. Genevieve County.  The Upper Castor River flows south into the Headwater Diversion Channel and then into the Mississippi River.   The Lower Castor River flows south of the Diversion Channel and into the Little River. The…

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Use Held’s Island Access to get on the Gasconade

The Gasconade River begins its 280-mile journey in the Missouri Ozarks near Hartville to where it unites with the Missouri River near the appropriately-named town of Gasconade.  Floaters, fishermen, stargazers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and walks of life enjoy it year-round.  While there are many ways to access this river, I have always…

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Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center closed to begin construction on new facility

BRANSON – Combining popular conservation programs with Branson’s tourist boom has turned the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center into a facility that has become overwhelmed by popularity. In order to better accommodate its large annual visitation numbers, the conservation center closed to the public on March 12 so work…

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