Located along the Mississippi River, at the community of Ashburn, the 6,705-acre Ted Shanks Conservation Area offers unique opportunities for wildlife viewing and waterfowl hunting. The area contains a mix of bottomland hardwood timber, open marsh, mixed shrub/scrub/emergent wetlands, row crops, oxbow lakes and sloughs, old fields and upland woods.
About 4,000 acres of the area are seasonally flooded to provide feeding, roosting and shelter habitat for migratory birds. Facilities/features include: a lake boat ramp, stream boat ramp, waterfowl blinds, and two natural areas. There are more than 500 acres of fishable water, including Horseshoe Lake, Salt River and the Mississippi River.