Nature Lover

Kaskaskia Island Birding

Kaskaskia Island, IL
off Highway U
near St. Mary, MO

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Kaskaskia Island’s sloughs and ponds are a Mecca for water birds.   Birds can be viewed along most roads on the island. Birders flock to this area because herons, egrets, ducks, and stray whooping cranes are often

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seen here near the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. Even though Kaskaskia is part of Illinois it can only be reached from Missouri.  To visit Kaskaskia, go south on Highway 61 to Highway U in St. Mary.

 

 

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Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry

Ste.GenevieveModocFerry.com
573-883-7097
800-373-7007
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Enjoy a ride across the Mississippi River to Modoc, IL, Fort de Charters, and access to Illinois Highway 3.  To reach the ferry go north on Main Street which ends at the ferry landing. Call ahead to make sure it is able to run. 

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Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

19620 State Route B
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-9909
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
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Enjoy a 45 minute guided walking tour of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary. Learn where the animals were rescued from, their personalities and how you can help these amazing big cats as well as their wild relatives.

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After the tour, head down to our Education Center and Gift Shop where you can view and even touch tiger artifacts such as teeth, claws, and a tiger pelt, just to name a few. Visitors receive a complimentary tasting of Fizzy Izzy Root Beer named after our very own, Izzy tiger. All of the pathways are paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

April – Nov | Thursday – Sunday | 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Dec – MarchSaturday & Sunday | 11am, 1pm & 3pm

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Ste. Genevieve
Golf Course

17450 Clubhouse Ct, MO Hwy 32
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-2949
Ste.GenevieveGolfCourse.com
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Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper daily

Cuisine: Ste. Genevieve Golf Club is a Par 72, 18 hole design with 4 sets of tees. After playing a round of golf enjoy a Sandwich or Burger in the Clubhouse.

Alcohol: Full Bar

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Pere Marquette City Park

Pere Marquette Park
North Main Street at Mathews Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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This scenic city park, named for the famous 17th century French Jesuit missionary, provides a perfect spot for that leisurely picnic or open space for the kids to play. The park features tennis courts, play structures, soccer & baseball fields and rest rooms.

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Hawn State Park

Hawn State Park
Hwy 144 off Highway 32
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3603
Hawn State Park
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Just 25 minutes west of Ste. Genevieve, Hawn is one of the best wilderness experiences that nature has to offer. The nearly 5,000-acre park features beautifully manicured areas for day use and tent or RV camping.

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 The River Aux Vases and Pickle Creeks provide added fun for staying cool in the summer. Dogwood and redbud trees along with numerous types of wildflowers give the park a stunning backdrop for your experience in the spring. Fall is especially colorful with the trees in their full autumn attire. Maps are available to guide visitors for hiking the many trails ranging from 2 to 10 miles in length.

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Pickle Springs Natural Area

Pickle Springs Natural Area, Highway AA
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3603
Pickle Springs Natural Area
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Pickle Springs has been designated a Natural Landmark by the National Park Service for its biological and geological values as an undisturbed site. A two-mile trail named the ‘Trail Through Time’ winds through the park and guides the visitor through 500 million year old geologic wonders carved in sandstone. The trail features

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clear streams, cool canyons, spectacular bluff views and ‘The Slot’, a crevice marked with holes, pockets and ridges. Visitors must climb through the ‘Keyhole’ to descend to the creek below. Twin foot bridges cross Bone Creek and pass Mossy Falls. The park is a primitive natural area and does not have services. Be sure to bring a camera and plenty of liquids before hiking the trail.

Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

Magnolia Hollow Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Magnoloa Hollow Conservation Area
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Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area’s rugged 1,740 acre area is bordered by  Establishment Creek and Schmidt’s Island and the Mississippi River. This recreation and outdoor lover’s paradise has steep bluffs and scenic river views. Eagles are commonly sighted along the river in the winter months. Finally, management of Magnolia Hollow and Establishment Creek corridors is minimal and designed to protect the steep and sensitive watersheds.

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Hickory Canyons Natural Area

Hickory Canyons Natural Area, Sprott Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Hickory Canyons Natural Area
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Lamotte sandstone formed box canyons here from the sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed 500 million years ago. Millions of years of erosion and uplift of the Ozark Plateau exposed the sandstone we see today. After a rain event a wet-weather waterfall can be enjoyed from the end of the 1/4 mile hiking trail on the east side of the county road. Another 1+ mile trail loops through a canyon on the

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 west side of Sprott Road.  In the winter, the bluffs drip with icicles that sparkle in the sun.  This area is botanically rich, supporting glacial relics, species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relics at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

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Ste. Genevieve County
Community Center

21390 Highway 32
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-5244
Ste. Genevieve County Community Center
River Rapids Water Park
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The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center has daily, monthly, and yearly memberships available.  This amazing facility includes a fitness center, walking track, gyms, and meeting rooms.  The indoor aquatic center includes a slide, lazy river, and whirlpool.  The Ste. Genevieve County Library, housing genealogical records, is also located inside the Community Center.  Outside is the Challenger Baseball Field, Challenger Playground, a picnic pavilion, tennis courts, and River Rapids Waterpark.  The water park includes several water slides, a lazy river, 6 lane lap pool, and an exciting kids’ play area.