Visitors Guide to
Ben Cash Memorial
County Road 516
Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area is a 1,443-acre area located in the St.
Francis River floodplain and contains 1,210 acres of lowland forest, 44
acres of swamp, and 195 acres of open fields. The Cash Swamp Natural Area is
located on the south end of the area and includes 310 acres of high quality,
remnant tupelo-cypress bottomland forest. This conservation area was
acquired in part through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of
1950 and is one of the few vestigial bottomland hardwoods forest in the
Bootheel region of Missouri and contains an extremely diversified floral
Access to the area is limited, except by boat and is subject to frequent
flooding. Area frequently floods. For anglers the area offers spotted bass,
catfish, crappie, buffalo, carp, and sunfish. The area features a concrete
boat ramp and a graveled boat ramp that is accessible during high water
Birders will find that woodland
warblers, waders, and waterfowl are common during migration.
The Missouri Audubon Society
checklist for birds that can be seen in this area.
Visiting the Ben Cash Memorial
Open daily 4 am - 10 pm
Directions: The Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area is located
southwest of Kennett on Highway 412, turn west on Route A, then turn
west onto County Road 516 at the MDC cantilever sign, and continue
over the St. Francis River levee to the parking area. There will be
no sign to the parking area. Follow the unmarked cutoff up onto
Levee Road and into the area.
Learn more about the
Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area
The official website of the
Ben Cash Memorial Conservation Area maintained by the Missouri
Department of Conservation.