Catawissa Conservation Area

About this Area

Total Acres

Catawissa Conservation Area is in eastern Franklin County between Pacific and Catawissa. The area was originally acquired in 1978 and was an old gravel mining operation in the floodplain of the Meramec River.

The goal of the area was originally to provide year round access to the Meramec River. Due to sediment deposition by Meramec River flooding, the access has since changed to a seasonal access that is accessible when the river is high enough to connect the gravel pit lake where the boat ramp is located with the river.

The area is mostly forested with early successional bottomland species that have grown up since the area was initially acquired and also has about 53 acres of manmade lakes that used to be gravel mining pits in which the water level is controlled by the Meramec River.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Rabbit,
    • Turkey,
    • Deer
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Suckers,
    • Sunfish
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - UnimprovedMDC Road - Unimproved

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
North of Catawissa on Route N, then east on Frisco Drive.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information