MDC invites public input for future management of five Franklin County river accesses

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. Five river accesses in Franklin County are among those currently under review. 

MDC is inviting public comment to aid staff in developing 10-year management plans for each of the accesses listed below.  Interested persons or groups—including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies—are invited to view the proposed management plans at  Each plan includes a link for supplying comments and input.

The plans will remain available for public comment during the month of August. The accesses under review are:

  • Colter’s Landing Access
  • Mayers Landing Access
  • Redhorse Access
  • Reiker Ford Access
  • Union Access

These river accesses are managed by MDC to provide public fishing access to the Meramec River, Boeuf Creek and Bourbeuse River for boat and bank anglers. The goal is a natural landscape that protects the natural resources, while providing compatible recreational opportunities for the public.

Conservation Area Management Plans focus on natural resource management and public use on conservation areas. The plans do not address regulations on hunting, fishing and other area uses, which are set by the Conservation Commission and enforced under the Wildlife Code of Missouri. MDC will consider all ideas received and will work to balance the issues and interests identified with the responsibility of managing areas for the present and future benefits to forest, fish, wildlife, and people.

Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into area plans and on how to best incorporate them will be based on the property’s purpose, its physical and biological conditions and capabilities, the best roles of the property in its local, regional and state-wide context, and on the professional expertise of MDC staff.

MDC conservation areas cover almost one million public acres for the purpose of restoring and conserving forest, fish and wildlife resources, and for providing opportunities for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about these resources. Most Missourians are within a 30-minute drive of an MDC conservation area.