St. Louis area MDC offices close this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staffed offices and buildings will close both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Visitors should note that in cases where indoor facility closures apply, the rest of the areas, including trails, boat launches and other outdoor facilities, where applicable, will still be available for use.  Any hiking, hunting, or fishing activity normally permitted on the areas may still be conducted.

The following closures apply in the St. Louis area:

  • Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Kirkwood—Nature Center and offices closed, grounds and trails remain accessible for normal hours
  • St. Louis Regional Office on the August A. Busch  Memorial Conservation Area, St. Charles—Offices and visitor center closed, all outdoor facilities including lakes will remain open
  • Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, Spanish Lake—Offices and visitor center closed, all outdoor facilities including the boat ramp will remain open
  • Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood—Visitor center closed, all outdoor facilities and trails remain open both days
  • Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, St. Charles—Closed
  • Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, High Ridge—Closed

The Friday closures are to comply with Executive Order 17-23, signed by Governor Eric R. Greitens, which advises that state offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 24.

All MDC facilities will return to regular operation schedules starting Saturday, Nov. 25.

For more information on MDC locations throughout the state, visit   Users can search areas by name, location or type to find more information about available facilities, regulations, maps, driving directions and special closures.