Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
A Confluence Attraction
(314) 877-6014 (during business hours)
Participating Confluence Organization
Missouri Department of Conservation
April 1 to September 30 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
October 1 to March 31 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Hours: Wed - Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat - Sun 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Mon & Tues
Fishing is permitted at any time.
North St. Louis County MO, at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers
(By car) From I-270 in north St. Louis County, take the Riverview Drive North exit and proceed approximately 2.5 miles. Riverview Drive becomes Columbia Bottom Road at its junction with Larimore Road.
For a map of the trails in Columbia Bottom Conservation Area visit http://mdc.mo.gov/areas/areas/bottom/maps.htm.
The 4,300-acre Columbia Bottom property was owned by the City of St. Louis for several decades, held in reserve for possible airport expansion. It has always served largely agricultural purposes, with minimal development or structures. Columbia Bottom was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1997 for development into an outstanding urban conservation area, offering a variety of public uses and compatible habitats.
An attractively paved overlook structure at Confluence Point can be accessed by car from a five-mile paved road; bicyclists and walkers can use a five-mile limestone biking trail.
A three-mile hiking trail runs parallel to the Missouri River.
A boat ramp and a disabled-access fishing pier are also located on the Missouri River.
A Visitor Center, created from a renovated barn, and “Exploration Stations” about river ecosystems.
For more information about Columbia Bottom Conservation Area - including hunting schedules and regulations, see