Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
9
801 Strodtman Road
St. Louis, MO 63138
Phone: 314-877-6014
Visitor Center: Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Columbia Bottom is a mosaic of natural areas including wetlands, forests, prairies and croplands. The area encompasses the 110-acre Duck Island on the Mississippi River, as well as more than six miles of river frontage.

A road runs through the area, with eight exploration stations along the way, where visitors can view surrounding habitats in a self-guided learning experience. The confluence of Missouri River and Mississippi River – the fourth largest river system in the world – can be observed from the site’s Confluence Viewing Platform, located at the end of the road.

The visitor center has a number of educational displays designed to help guests become acquainted with the site. Naturalist-led educational programs are frequently offered for the general public, plus special programs for school and scout groups. Please call ahead, as most programs require advanced registration. The area offers hiking, biking and river access.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is in North St. Louis County: take the Riverview Drive exit from I-270; travel north on Riverview about 2.8 miles and follow the signs.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is closed from one-half-hour after sunset until one-half-hour before sunrise, except for authorized hunting, fishing and boat ramp use.

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    GENERAL INTEREST INFO
    • open year-round
    • gift / souvenir shop
    FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
    • Partially Wheelchair Accessible
    SMOKING POLICY
    • smoking allowed outdoors only
    SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
    • All ages
    ACTIVITIES ON-SITE OR WITHIN 10 MILES
    • hunting
    • fishing
    • boating
    • biking / walking trails
    PET POLICY
    • service animals welcome
    • pets on leash allowed
    RATES
    • free admission
    GROUP POLICY
    • advance contact requested
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