Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area

This 3,755-acre area was once a lowland hardwood forest intermingled with cypress sloughs. Most of the area flooded seasonally and was an important habitat for wintering waterfowl, furbearers, eagles, and other wildlife species.

Management of the area began in 1982 and is aimed at reestablishing wetland habitat, which was lost when the land was drained and converted to agricultural use. Over 1,000 acres of this wetland habitat is managed through the manipulation of water levels to provide high quality natural foods, such as millets, smartweed, sprangletop, sedges, and invertebrates. These food resources are highly sought after by migrating and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland wildlife species. Row crops and green browse are grown on the area to provide nutritious food for geese and field-feeding species of ducks.

Wetland development has included the construction of interior levees, wells, pumps, and water control structures.

Duck and goose hunting and viewing waterfowl are the most popular outdoor activities on the area. Bald eagles are common on the area from late fall through early spring.

Visitors should use extreme caution while boating or wading, because deep water and hazardous conditions are possible when the area is flooded.

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Latitude: 36.720733 Longitude: -89.317951 Elevation: 298 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Bird watching, dog training, fishing and hunting

Seasons Accessible

Open for public use from 4 a.m. To 10 p.m.; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day on areas where these activities are permitted.

Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited

 

Fees

There are no fees for using Missouri conservation areas. These areas are funded by the 1/8th of 1% Conservation State Sales Tax.

Accessibility Notes

Facilities include a boat ramp, parking lot and viewing area-Richard T. Reed Observation Platform.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all time. Hunting dogs may be used off the leash and unconfined for hunting and training for the purposes of chasing, locating, tracking or retrieving game. A valid small game hunting permit is required to train dogs in pursuit of wildlife.

Locations and times where pets and hunting dogs are permitted may be further restricted by area brochures or signs.

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