This area is 4,225 acres of primarily forest habitat, with nearly five miles of the un-channelized Chariton River running through the area. This portion of the river is known locally as "The Narrows," because the river makes a 2.5 mile loop near the center of the area.
This meandering river channel has created several oxbow lakes and natural marshes, providing unique fish and wildlife habitat. Rebel's Cove Conservation Area contains a heron rookery and is the site of past river otter and ruffed grouse releases.
During your visit, notice evidence of forest improvement practices, designed to improve tree growth, quality and species composition.
This area was acquired partly through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.