Visitors Guide to the
Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area
Missouri Highway102
East Prairie, Missouri

Accessible Parking Accessible Wildlife Viewing Fishing Opportunities Boat Ramps Hunting Opportunities Accessible Restrooms


Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area is a 3,755-acre area that was once a lowland hardwood forest intermingled with cypress sloughs. Most of the area is 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 the previous century. 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. Visitors can view wildlife from the handicapped accessible Richard T. Reed Observation Platform located at the C/D parking lot. 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.

  Bird Watching
Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area is listed on the National Audubon Society's Great River Birding Trail. 202 species have been entered on trip lists for this public land and the area welcomes wading shorebirds in the spring. The Audubon Society of Missouri maintains a checklist for birds that can be seen in this area.
  Visiting the Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area
          4 am - 10 pm

There is no charge to visit the Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area.
Directions: Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area is located approximately 5 miles south of East Prairie on MO-102.
  GPS Coordinates
36 42.177'
W 89 20.418'
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Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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