Area Information

Bootlegger Bend Wildlife Management Area is located 1.5 miles west of Lexington, MO in Lafayette County along the left descending bank of the Missouri River between river miles 318 and 320. The site contains 1410 acres with a variety of features such as riparian forest, wetlands and croplands.

Access: 88th St provides vehicle access from the east and State Highway CC provides vehicle access from the north to Bootlegger Bend WMA. Visitors must utilize the designated parking area. Do not drive around or block gates.

Visitor Activities

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Fishing is allowed year round and is subject to all Missouri state fishing seasons and regulations. Shoreline access is by pedestrian or boat only, no vehicle access.

Trails in the area offer prime locations to easily access remote areas where wildlife are abundant. 

Bootlegger Bend WMA includes a diverse array of habitats, from floodplain and upland forests, occasional flooded wetlands, to agricultural and early succession fields, which support an abundance of deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits and other game species. Hunters must follow Corps' Blind and Tree Stand Policy as well as Missouri state hunting seasons and regulations.

The area has a plethora of photography opportunities with plenty of wildlife year round. During spring and summer photographers are greeted with numerous colorful butterflies, while spring and fall bring migratory birds and photogenic mammals. To capture some of the more elusive wildlife, take the wait and see approach. Dusk and dawn are the best times for viewing wildlife on the refuge - you may be surprised at what you see.

Trapping with dog-proof style and other traps is allowed.  The trapping of furbearers on public lands and waters shall be in accordance with Corps' Trapping Policy as well as applicable Federal and Missouri State Trapping Regulations governing such activities. 

Bootlegger Bend WMA offers a conveyor belt of wildlife viewing, with wonderful opportunities year-round. The area provides habitat for numerous migratory birds, beavers, bobcats, and other secretive wildlife; especially during dusk and dawn.

Bootlegger Bend Wildlife Management Area

Rules & Regulations

Vehicle use on project lands is restricted to authorized roadways.  No deviation from this regulation is permitted to engage in hunting or any other activities on project lands.

A levee system is present on the site. The levee is not an established roadway for public access. Do not drive on or across the levee.

Target shooting is prohibited.  

Overnight camping is prohibited.  

Dumping and Littering is prohibited.  This includes spent ammunition. 

Cutting firewood is prohibited.

Failure to abide by the conditions of the policy below could result in the violator being issued a violation notice requiring the payment of a fine, an appearance before a Federal Magistrate Judge or both.

A list of all Rules & Regulations governing Corps of Engineers public land can be found at: Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations.

Contact Info

USACE, Missouri River Office:

816-240-8131

Ray County Sheriff:

911 or 816-290-5323

Lafayette County Sheriff:

911 or 660-259-3622

MDC Conversation Agent:

816-271-3100

Richmond Fire Department:

816-776-5556