To reach Seventy-Six Conservation Area go seven miles south of Perryville on Highway 61 to Longtown. At the south edge of Longtown, turn east on Route D and continue to the Route C junction. Turn southeast on Route C, and in Brazeau turn northeast on Route D until it ends at a gravel road. Follow the road into the area.
Seventy-Six Conservation Area is located in eastern Perry County, at the end of Route D, approximately four miles northeast of Brazeau. The Conservation Department created this area in 1990 with the purchase of an 818-acre farm from a private landowner.
Steep forested hills with narrow ridge fields and deep hollows characterize this area. Steep rock bluffs face some sections of the Mississippi River, which runs along the area for nearly two miles.
The area consists of 746 acres of hardwood forest with stands of trees, including oaks, tulip poplars and other species, ranging in size from saplings to majestic old growth.
Seventy-Six Conservation Area is being used as a demonstration area for forest and wildlife management techniques often recommended for implementation on similar or smaller tracts of land under private ownership. Timber harvests and forest stand improvement practices are an important part of wildlife habitat management.
They produce forage and cover for many species of wildlife. In addition, the Conservation Department has planted 50 acres of crop and food plots, native warm-season grasses and legumes to provide additional food sources for wildlife. There's another 200 acres of non-prarie grassland.
A trail is available to provide area users an opportunity to view these forest and wildlife management practices. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance will soon return. Another trail along the river provides access to wing dikes for fishing.
The area boasts good populations of catfish, crappie, rough fish such as buffalo and carp, along with white bass and sauger. For hunters there is a good population of deer (with an antlered-only restriction). Hunters will also find good numbers of squirrel and turkey, and a fair rabbit population.