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Bootlegger Bend

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Size (acres):  1410.00

River Mile:  317.6 to 320.5

Bank:  Left descending bank

County:  Lafayette and Ray

State:  Missouri

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Acquisition Status:  To assist the Corps in acquiring these lands, The Conservation Fund utilized their Revolving Fund to purchase the land from willing sellers in 2010 and held these lands until funds were received for the Corps to acquire the land in 2011.

On-Site Management:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Site Access:  Motor vehicles are restricted to established roadways and parking areas. A levee system is present on the site and is not an established roadway for public access to the site.

  • Do not block farm roads, drive on levee slopes or along or across the levee crown. 
  • Do not illegally trespass on adjacent private lands to access the site.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The Bootlegger Bend site, located along the Missouri River, contains a variety of features such as riparian forest, wetlands and croplands. 

  • Nationally, the Corps and The Conservation Fund have established a memorandum of understanding which outlines a relationship where the organizations work jointly to promote the effective and balanced management of water resources, conservation of wildlife habitat and cultural resources and sustainable development of communities adjacent to facilities or lands managed by the Corps.
  • The site is in the initial planning stages for environmental restoration. Areas currently in agricultural production will be restored to native floodplain vegetation. There is potential to increase floodplain connectivity, restore wetland areas and create shallow water habitat on the site.

Status:  Open to the public.  Under cultivation at this time.  Habitat plans are being developed.

Site Use:  The site is open for a variety of outdoor activities such as: hiking, bird watching, hunting and boating.

Site-use Regulations:  
  • People visiting these areas must comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including hunting, fishing, etc.  In general Title 36 Part 327 of the Code of Federal Regulations governs the use of Corps property.  Other regulations may apply to properties owned by other federal agencies.
  • Special regulations and restrictions may be posted on site.

Special-use Regulations: 

For More Information

Contact Information:  Contact the Corps' Missouri River Area Office at (816) 240-8131.

Story Maps Link:  http://rsgisias.crrel.usace.army.mil/story_maps/nwo/mrrp/index.html#

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