Schell City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is continuing to plan for the renovation of the wetland management pools and water control structures at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area. This project will improve the wetlands for waterfowl habitat, improve the fishery at Schell Lake, and reduce long-term flood damages. The initial start date is not yet set, but all or portions of the waterfowl hunting areas will be closed for several seasons once construction begins. Upland fields and forests will remain open to hunting.

MDC for several years has studied long-term challenges for wetland management at Schell-Osage. The planned construction will reduce costly flood damage and improve marshes and Schell Lake for wildlife and outdoor recreation for decades to come. The support of hunters for wetland and waterfowl conservation is appreciated. MDC in 2004 kicked off a Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative to make improvements on the state’s five oldest wetland management areas. Schell-Osage is the last wetland on the list to receive renovations.

Hunters can follow plans and work progress via a web page that will be periodically updated by MDC staff. Those interested in the project can sign up for updates via email by visiting Normal hunting opportunities are offered at Schell-Osage this autumn, and hunters can sign up for email updates at the waterfowl blind draw room at the area’s headquarters.

For information about other MDC wetlands and waterfowl hunting opportunities, visit