Recreation & Outdoor


Bald EaglesEagle viewing is available from November through March with Clarksville Eagle Days week-end annually on the last full weekend of January. This event is sponsored by Missouri Department of Conservation, City of Clarksville and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Live eagle programs, videos, displays, activities for children and conservation gifts for sale will be available in the Apple Shed Theater (not heated).  The Visitor Center will be open for a “warmer” opportunity for viewing and additional information.  Spotting scopes, volunteers to assist you and a bonfire will be awaiting you in River Front Park. Bald eagles migrate down from the Great Lakes states and central Canada to this area where they find safe resting areas and an ample food supply.  Winter is a difficult time for them. Conserving energy to keep warm is important. Although the majestic and graceful flight of the Eagle is beautiful to see, it quickly burns up necessary energy. Because of their excellent vision the eagle is able to see a fish from a mile or more away.  Bald Eagles feed primarily on fish and consume approximately 1 to 2 pounds of food per day.  They can fly at some 65 miles per hour and dive at speeds of over 150 miles per hour.  Standing about 3 feet tall and spreading up to an 8-food wingspan, the eagle can soar for hours and can even use their wings to swim if necessary.  

The Clarksville Riverfront Park offers the opportunity to walk through the "Touch the Mississippi" entrance, down the wide sidewalks to the terracing steps and all the way to the river. The playground upgrade includes larger space and ADA compliance. There is a gazebo for quiet reflection, large and small pavilions to provide relief from the sun or rain as you picnic, fishing from the steps is encouraged and wheelchair accessible. There are interpretive signs along the paths to provide information of interest.

The Two Rivers Marina (just across the Mississippi River in Rockport, IL) is a full service marina that offers slip rentals, a campground with full hook-ups, swimming pool, as well as a stocked ship store, marine fuel, and an on-site mechanic. Phone 217-437-2321 or

Ted Shanks Conservation Area - 573-248-2530, 3643 Pike 145, Ashburn- offers recreational opportunities for anglers, hunters, and wildlife watchers. There is 500 acres of fishable waters, camping is offered, boat ramps and trails.

Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge - Annada- offers wonderful opportunities for birdwatching and trails and a great location for migratory birds. Clarence Cannon is operated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service 573-847-2333.

Dupont Reservation Conservation Area - Ashburn - Mostly forest this area offers spectacular view of the Mississippi River floodplain off of the Little Dixie National Scenic Byway. There is an 80-acre mixed upland hardwood forest Natural Area. The area borders the Mississippi River and offers a boat ramp, campground, and River access. Also fall color is stunning from this location. Hwy 79 to TT east, north onto gravel road at Ted Shanks Conservation Area entrance, 1.7 miles to ramp. More information 573-248-2530

Edward Anderson Conservation Area - Ashburn - This is a forested area in the Mississippi Hills that offer some of the more rugged terrain in Northeast Missouri. The area is located on the Little Dixie National Scenic By-way, Highway 79 and offers excellent fall color. For more information call 573-248-2530.

Ranacker Conservation Area - Frankford - Three miles south of Frankford on Highway 61, then west on Route RA More information 573-248-2530.

Jack Floyd Memorial Lake - Bowling Green - This lake offers 38 acres of fishing. Three miles east of Bowling Green on County Road 282 (accessed from the Highway 61/161 overpass), go 0.6 miles south on County Road 280 to the entrance. For more information call 573-248-2530

West Lake - Bowling Green - The lake offers 28 acres of fishable waters. East of Bowling Green on County Road 282 (accessed from the Hwy 61/161 overpass. For more information call 573-248-2530.

Ashley Access - Ashley - 7 miles south of Bowling Green on Hwy 161. Accesses North Fork of the Cuivre River. More information call 573-248-2530.

Little Calumet Creek Access - Hwy 79 north of Clarksville. Offers access to the Mississippi River, gravel boat ramp.

Hamburg Ferry Access - Elsberry - 10 miles east of Elsberry on Hwy P. Accesses Mississippi River.

Louisiana Access - Louisiana - offers a boat ramp and picnic area. For more information call 573-248-2530.

Eagle Bluff Golf Course is open to the public daily from 7am to dark. For more information call 573-242-3309 or


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