Praire Slough Conservation Area | There are 584 acres, including 463 acres of bottomland timber and 121 acres of open land and sloughs. It was purchased by the Conservation Department in 1979 and an additional area was added in 1985. There are areas made available for public use for activities such as bird watching, fishing, hunting, trapping and boating. It’s a good place to spot wintering bald eagles, ospreys and possibly site a Mississippi kite.
Upper Mississippi Conservation Area | 87 tracts of federal lands totaling over 11,000 acres along the Mississippi River is managed under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors in this forest, woodland and wetland can enjoy activities such as bird watching, canoeing, fishing, hunting, trapping and boating.
Leach Memorial Conservation Area | This 4,307-acre area was acquired in 1985 using Design for Conservation Sales Tax revenue and a private land donation from Ms. Mary Leach in memory of her late father. Bordering the Mississippi River, the main tract is south of Elsberry on Highway 79 and east on Route M. The area contains lakes, ponds, crop land, forest, woodland, wetland & grassland, where visitors can enjoy bird watching, fishing, hunting and trapping.