Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rochester Falls Conservation Area

Approximately 3 miles from my house is the conservation area known as Rochester Falls. These falls are part of the Platte River and are a popular place for campers, fisherman and nature lovers alike. This is a beautiful place to visit as the river flows over the limestone outcroppings creating these small but lovely falls. Typically when we think of "water falls" we think of giant plummeting streams of water that "fall" for great distances. These falls aren't as awe inspiring, but that certainly doesn't take away from their beauty.
Rochester Falls is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation and is frequently patrolled by our county agent. This place is a hotspot for young people to drink, party and swim. It can be a struggle to protect people from themselves at times. In the past month two young people drowned within a week of each other at the falls. It is common for people to disregard the "no swimming" signs and venture into the river anyway. These are unfortunate tragedies that could have been prevented. When visiting areas such as this, it is always best to heed the warnings posted, they are there for a reason.

This area is mostly old-pasture, timber and grassland. Fishing often yields catfish, especially flatheads, and carp. My son and his friends set bank lines along this portion of the river and recently caught two huge flatheads, one weighed 35 pounds the other weighed 40 pounds. (pictured below)

Canoeing and kayaking are also favorite activities on the Platte River, and this is a good access point for putting in or taking out your watercraft. Motorized boats cannot be put in at this location. The Platte River would most likely be too shallow anyway. There are eleven campsites and two tents per site are allowed.

Wildlife abounds, including dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, snakes, deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, bobcat, fox, and flying squirrels.


  1. I can remember being around 8 or 9 yrs old and camping there.No one had RV`s just tents pickups with campers in the beds or school buses converted into campers that were popular back in the seventies.My dad and others would set lawn chairs out in the river weight them down and set out there all night fishing using BJ catfish bait.Early in the spring it seams like jars of cut shad was the favorite.
    I haven`t been there in over 20 years but still brings back memories and yes I like so many others used it as a gathering place as a teen to do what teens do ( drink when we could get it) LOL glad to see it is still there.

  2. Lovey area, worth to be visited.

  3. Yes....I know the area quite well. It has many good memories for me. My most memorable/favorite is my step-grandson peeing outside for the first time there. His grandmother and I were proud that her little boy was growing up. I have had many other great memories since but this is definitely the one I'll always remember.