Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

At the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a mosaic of habitats – from shallow wetlands to prairie. Visitors can enjoy watching a variety of migratory or resident birds, view wildlife, stop by the viewing platform at the confluence, hike the trails and visit Exploration Stations that showcase the many habitats.

Disabled-accessible fishing jetty/platform and boat ramp are available for anglers. Interpretive programs are offered monthly at the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center is located at 801 Strodtman Road in Spanish Lake. It is open Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From I-270, take the last Missouri Exit (Riverview) and turn north for 2 ½ miles. Riverview Boulevard becomes Columbia Bottom Road as you enter St. Louis County. Or take Bellefontaine Road north to Spanish Pond Road. Turn east for 5 miles to the Conservation Area.

For more information about the area or a list of current interpretive programs, please visit the website

Aerial photo of the Confluence Overlook

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Sunset at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Sunset photos courtesy of Kat Logan-Smith.