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Monday, February 22, 2010

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

This past Saturday Kit and I went to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in North Saint Louis. The park is 4,300 acres at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. This entire area was under about 15 feet of water during the great flood of 1993 -- the year I first moved to Saint Louis. Kit and I walked just under 7 miles. The first half of our trip we walked along the river's edge; the second part we walked along the concrete road. At the confluence point, there are benches with sayings about Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. One saying said, "The Missouri River is to think to drink but too thin to plow." The park also has about 4 miles of paved trails that suitable for walking, jogging, or cycling. We saw deer on our walk along the river, an eager, and flocks of water fowl. See below for photos and maps.

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SportyPal GPS track of the first part of the walk.

Kit at the River's Edge Trail

View Along River's Edge

Muddy Boots after Leaving Trail

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SportyPal Track of Return Walk

Flocks of Birds

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Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

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