Tower Rock Natural Area

Tower Rock Natural Area provides stunning views of the Mississippi River and is a favorite spot for locals. This area has historical significance, as it is mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals where they describe spending the night at "the grand tower."

This forest tract on the Mississippi River contains a geologic formation known as Tower Rock. The Tower Rock Natural Area comprises about 32 acres of upland oak and other mixed hardwoods. Most of the Natural Area is on the Missouri bank of the Mississippi River. The rock formation is separated from the rest of the area by the river and is accessible by boat. The area is designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society of Missouri.

To get to Tower Rock Natural Area from Altenburg, take Route A east, then County Road 460 and follow this road south to the area. Click here for full information on Tower Rock Natural Area.

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Latitude: 37.630464 Longitude: -89.518583 Elevation: 537 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Bird watching, fishing and hiking.

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


There are no fees associated with using Missouri Conservation Areas. All areas are funded by the 1/8th of 1% State Conservation Sales Tax.

Accessibility Notes

This area does not have disabled access facilities.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all time.

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