Portage des Sioux Nature Area
A Confluence Attraction
Greenway Network, (636) 498-0772
Participating Confluence Organizations
City of Portage des Sioux MO
One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset daily.
Main and Saucier Streets
City of Portage des Sioux, St. Charles County, on the Mississippi River
(By car) From I-40 West, take Missouri Highway 94 North through and past St. Charles. Turn left at Highway J. Turn right at Commonfield; left at LeSieur; and right at Main Street. Proceed one block to Saucier. Parking is on Saucier.
The 40 acres comprising this natural area were acquired in the aftermath of the Great Flood of 1993, which severely impacted the City of Portage des Sioux. A ruined subdivision of 25 acres was combined with a 15-acre common area owned by the community to create the new site. The plan for the area was defined in a series of public meetings, and community volunteers are carrying out many of the restorative plantings.
Restored prairie, wet prairie, wetland and bottomland forest areas, reached from a 1.2-mile multi-use gravel trail, are in the final stages of construction.
When completed, this area will feature native wildflowers, spectacular views of the Illinois river bluffs and environmental education.
Recreational opportunities include birding, hiking, biking and fishing.
One-mile trail connector from the nature area to the Katy Trail at the Machens trailhead
Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis
Ford Motor Company
Great Rivers Greenway
National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service
For information about nearby conservation and recreation opportunities, see
http://www.mostateparks.com/katytrail (Katy Trail State Park)