Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Trails

Spanish Lake, Missouri

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At Columbia Bottom, you can hike to the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, just downstream from the site of Lewis and Clark's 1803-4 winter camp. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, purchased in 1997, is one of Missouri's newest conservation areas. Its 4,318 acres nestle into the elbow at the junction of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The confluence of these mighty rivers is located just downstream from the site of Lewis and Clark's 1803-4 winter camp near Wood River, where their party rested and made preparations for their historic two-year adventure. One of the Department of Conservation's goals in managing Columbia Bottoms is restoration of the area to resemble its appearance at the time of Lewis and Clark's journey. A variety of habitats are being developed, including wetlands, marshes, sloughs, river-bottom forest, and bottomland prairie. Scenery: Wetland prairies, riverside forest, views of Mississippi River.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

At Columbia Bottom, you can hike to the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, just downstream from the site of Lewis and Clark's 1803-4 winter camp. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, purchased in 1997, is one of Missouri's newest conservation areas. Its 4,318 acres nestle into the elbow at the junction of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The confluence of these mighty rivers is located just downstream from the site of Lewis and Clark's 1803-4 winter camp near Wood River, where their party rested and made preparations for their historic two-year adventure. One of the Department of Conservation's goals in managing Columbia Bottoms is restoration of the area to resemble its appearance at the time of Lewis and Clark's journey. A variety of habitats are being developed, including wetlands, marshes, sloughs, river-bottom forest, and bottomland prairie. Scenery: Wetland prairies, riverside forest, views of Mississippi River.

© 2010 Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Spanish Lake
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 - 3 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Columbia Bottom
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

4/2/2010
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For the record, not all trails here are year round. I got halfway around Heron Lake before I saw the sign saying it was not open to the public from October through April 15. It was clearly posted at the start of the trail, but I missed it. Oops. That said, it's an easy flat walk with a whole lot of water birds. More of a mowed area through high grass. I enjoyed it enough to go back, but it's not as much of a "backwoods" feel as I prefer. But quite pretty, with a sort of plainsy feel, and an easy 1.8 mile loop so good for a quick nature walk. Great sky views.



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Apr 2018