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OSAGE-TAVERN ACCESS
Edge Wade, May 2010
27 acres  Miller Co.  DeLorme 45, A/B-10
GPS:  38.3172386312,-92.28929988
Map:  http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/documents/area_brochures/6102map.pdf
MDC owned; for additional information call 573-346-2210
 
Directions:  From St. Elizabeth, go north on Rt. E to its end and continue north on Hoecker Rd. about 1 mile.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  The open campground area is a productive place for spring migration viewing and for seeking summer nesters.  The riparian habitat may hold water-loving nesting warblers. Grassland species may be seen on the perimeter, and waterfowl may be seen in the fall and winter.
 
Features of interest to birders:  Figure-eight road through a savanna-like campground gives good viewing opportunities for the center area and the wilder grassy and wooded perimeter.
 
Toilets: 1 privy
 
Camping: 17 campsites
 
Hazards/Limitations: The access is at the confluence of Tavern Creek and the Osage River, so is subject to flooding.  It is a popular place on summer weekends; bird it on weekdays.
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  Painted Rock CA, Saline Valley CA, Wilson Camp Access.