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Boat Ramp at Thurnau Conservation Area
Several MDC conservation areas and Missouri River accesses north of St. Joseph remain closed due to flooding or earlier flood damage. MDC has reopened the Payne, Nodaway Valley, and French Bottom accesses. This boat ramp at the Thurnau Conservation Area, in an earlier photo, remains closed.

Missouri River flooding keeps several MDC areas closed north of St. Joseph

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Apr 23, 2019

St. Joseph, Mo. – Several Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) areas remain closed north of St. Joseph due to flooding near the Missouri River. They were first closed when river bottom flooding began in mid-March.

Some low-lying areas still have water on them, while others are threatened by new flooding as spring rains and snow melt continue to cause high-water conditions. Some areas are inaccessible due to road and bridge problems caused by earlier flooding, said Blaine Adams, MDC disaster response coordinator.

Three MDC river accesses with boat launching ramps have been cleaned and reopened. They include Payne Landing, Nodaway Island, and French Bottom. Getting river accesses reopened is a top priority. Other conservation areas will reopen after water levels drop, flood threats cease, and staff can evaluate needed repairs.

“We’re doing the best we can to take care of things and to get back to normal,” Adams said.

The following conservation areas or river accesses with boat ramps remain closed in northwest Missouri.

  • Atchison County: Aspinwall Bend, Corning, Hoot Owl Bend, Langdon Bend, Lower Hamburg Bend, Upper and Lower Nishnabotna, and Watson Access.
  • Holt County: Bob Brown, Derion Bend, Monkey Mountain, Rush Bottom Bend, Thurnau, Wolf Creek Bend.
  • Andrew County: Tom Brown Access, Worthwine Island.
  • Buchanan County: Dupree Memorial, Jentell Brees Access, Kneib Memorial.

For more information on MDC conservation areas, including updates on closures, visit

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