MDC Little River Conservation Area open for use

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces Little River Conservation Area (CA) in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties is open for public use. The area closed last month after flooding damaged the main entrance.

A temporary crossing has been placed at the area’s entrance, five miles east of Kennett on Highway 412, which allows entry to the area until the road is permanently fixed.

“This is an important conservation area to us and to the community,” said Matt Bowyer, MDC’s Wildlife Regional Supervisor. “We’ve worked diligently to make the entrance safe again and we appreciate the public’s patience throughout the process.”

Little River CA contains the 150-acre Jerry P. Combs Lake, as well as floodway ditch numbers 1, 66, 81, 251, and 259. The area also contains 103 acres of reforested bottomland hardwood, 477 acres of marshes, and 306 acres in use as agricultural fields.

“This lake is a favorite fishing location for the community,” Bowyer said. “We hope to see lots of people out fishing this weekend.”

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