Visitors Guide to
County Road 404
New Madrid, MO
573-748-5134 or 573-290-5730
Donaldson Point Conservation Area is about six miles southeast of New Madrid
and the land was purchased the 1984. The area's 5,785 acres are at the north
end of Donaldson Point, which is formed by the New Madrid Bend Loop of the
Mississippi River. This same loop isolates a portion of the state of
Kentucky. The Mississippi River forms part of the east and west boundaries
of the conservation area and provides about seven miles of river frontage.
Construction of a levee created about 60 acres of ponds that are open to the
public. The land is nearly flat. During seasonal flooding, large portions or
all of the area may not be accessible. The forest trees on Donaldson Point
include cottonwood, willow, ash, elm, maple, pecan, sycamore, box elder,
hickory, and some bottomland oak species.
Designated camping areas have picnic tables and fire rings and primitive
camping is allowed on or adjacent to parking lots, unless otherwise posted.
No amenities are provided. There are no designated hiking trails but access
roads provide good hiking for opportunities to view wildlife. There are good
fishing opportunities for bass, catfish, crappie, carp, buffalo, and
sunfish. Hunting is allowed for deer, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, and
waterfowl during season.
Donaldson Point is home to
several species not usually seen in the Mississippi lowlands. These include
the endangered Swainson's warbler that nests in giant cane, Mississippi
kites, bald eagles, interior least terns, swamp rabbits, and cotton mice.
The area is good for birding and there is a good variety of species present
throughout Donaldson Point Conservation Area.
The Audubon Society
checklist for birds that can be seen in this area.
Visiting Donaldson Point
Dawn to dusk daily
Directions: Donaldson Point Conservation Area is east of New Madrid
on Route WW, then south on Route AB to County Road 405.
Learn more about the
Donaldson Point Conservation Area
The official webpage of Donaldson Point Conservation Area.