Visitors Guide to
Little River Conservation
The Little River Conservation Area was purchased by the Missouri
Conservation Department in 1993 from Charles D. Adams. The area is located
within the Mississippi Delta region and is associated with Sharkey soils.
Sharkey soils are dominant in the Mississippi Delta with more than 3 million
acres in the region and consist of very deep, poorly and very poorly
drained, very slowly permeable soils. The vegetation that originally
dominated this area consisted of oak, gum, and cypress. The area also
contained some prairie zones which would have been dominated by cane,
Virginia wild rye, ricecut grass, and sedges.
Little River CA contains the 150-acre Jerry P. Combs Lake, as well as five
floodway ditches. The area also contains 103 acres of reforested bottomland
hardwood, 477 acres of marshes, and 306 acres in use as agricultural fields.
Combs Lake has six fishing jetties, one concrete fishing platform, one
covered floating fishing dock, and one two lane boat ramp with handicap
parking. The main area has a 50-car parking lot which is located at the west
side of Combs Lake. Disabled-accessible ramps lead from the parking lot to
the fishing docks and platform. Anglers will find good populations of bass,
catfish, and crappie in Jerry P. Combs Lake. Carp and sunfish can be found
in other parts of the Conservation Area. Hunting for dove, quail, rabbit,
and waterfowl is allowed. There is also a pavilion with picnic tables, as
well as men's and women's privies, which are located at the parking lot.
Eleven wetland units have been developed with levees and water control
structures which allow these areas to be managed for the benefit of wading
birds and waterfowl during the spring and fall. In addition, the 103 acres
of reforested bottomland hardwoods have had levees added to them so they can
be managed as a green tree reservoir.
For birders the most common
birds that can be expected to be seen are spring and fall shorebirds, wading
birds, waterfowl and raptor migrations. Other bird species that can be found
are dickcissel, bobolink, and other grassland bird species. Before they
became extinct, millions of passenger pigeons passed through this area as
they migrated north and south. Least terns and black terns can be seen every
year feeding at Jerry P. Combs Lake.
The Missouri Audubon Society
checklist for birds that can be seen in this area.
Visiting the Little River
Open daily 4 am - 10 pm
Refuge areas are closed to all activities November 1 -
Directions: The Little River Conservation Area is located
four miles east of Kennett on US-412.
Learn more about the
Little River Conservation Area
The official website of the
Little River Conservation Area maintained by the Missouri
Department of Conservation.