News & Announcements

Announcements from Smithville Marine and the boating industry

From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle viewing on your own. Because of the state’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in ... Read More
Pleasure boating is coming to an end for the season, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, including some timely reading from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Kansas City Nature & You provides information for four Missouri Department of Conservation locations in the Kansas City area and the free programs each have scheduled. Some of the programs require registration; you will find the contact phone number on the ... Read More
MDC staff will stock more than 75,000 of the cold-water-loving fish when Missouri winter trout fishing kicks off in November. KDWPT-managed trout waters will receive two extra stockings and 22-percent more trout will be stocked this year statewide. (Trout image above: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is stocking more than 75,000 rainbow trout plus 193 lunkers in 32 urban-area lakes around the state for winter trout fishing beginning in early November. Many ... Read More
The Missouri Department of Conservation hosts an 80th anniversary openhouse Thursday, October 26 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, and a Fish-or-Treat family event at Everyday Pond on the MWSU campus in St. Joseph on Saturday, October 28. MDC to host 80th anniversary open house Oct. 26 in KC MDC will host an 80th anniversary open house for the public to get information and provide feedback on conservation programs 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. ... Read More
Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers an all-online hunter-education course for Missouri residents 16 years or older to provide a more flexible and convenient option to become hunter-education certified. The all-online course includes videos and animation to teach hunter safety, firearm safety, ethics, regulations, and wildlife management. “The way adults are learning is ever changing. More individuals are utilizing mobile applications and online tools to educate themselves,” MDC Hunter Education Coordinator Kyle Lairmore said. “This option provides individuals the flexibility ... Read More
2018 Federal Duck Stamp Design Winner Announced
Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minn., is the winner of the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan at the annual art contest, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Noel Fine Arts Center. Hautman’s acrylic painting of a pair of mallards will be made into the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp, which will go on ... Read More
girls preparing to fish
Fresh air, fun, fishing and wildlife, all can be enjoyed as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) host Family Outdoors Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. This free event will have exhibits and stations where experts will provide tips about fishing, trap shooting, archery and other outdoor skills. All equipment is provided. Helping families enjoy the outdoors is MDC’s and DU’s ... Read More
MDC Flood Dam
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) continues work on evaluating and repairing river and stream accesses damaged by flooding earlier this spring. Most flood damage occurred to MDC accesses in the Ozarks on the Current River, North Fork of the White River, and the Gasconade River. MDC reports most accesses have already been repaired by removing debris, filling in scour holes, and repairing and replacing ramps, parking pads, and other structures -- but some remain closed due to extensive damage. ... Read More
Great AMerican campout
Missouri State Parks is inviting everyone to experience an outdoor adventure with family and friends in state parks and historic sites during the Great American Campout on June 24. The Great American Campout is a nationwide initiative by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage families and communities to connect and experience the outdoors. It is part of the Great Outdoors Month that highlights the many kinds of outdoor activities that strengthen our bonds with nature.  Whether you visit a state ... Read More
girls standing in life jackets
What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water. Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating – including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water – during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 20-26, 2017. “Each year hundreds of people lose their lives in boating incidences, and they may still be alive if they ... Read More