Tea Lakes Conservation Wildlife Area

Calling all Millionaires! We need a huge Conservation Minded Fan!

Bring your ideas and the money to back them. Our Conservation wish is your command.

A Wildlife Preserve/Conservation Area

South Side Division of the Conservation Federation of Missouri

Your Tax Deductable Donation Will Ensure The Continuation Of Our Conservation Efforts

All checks/money orders must be made out to:



Checks made out incorrectly will not be accepted by our bank and will be returned to the sender for correction. We regret the inconvenience, but we must follow the banks wishes.

The website is currently under new construction and soon it will have a whole new look as Adam Leiweke takes over as our Web Master. His knowledge of the ins and outs of a professional looking website will be a great addition to our efforts to bring new members to our club. Thanks Adam!

Join the 3 RRR'S Generation - Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and become a Greener You!


Members: I apologize for the inconvenience in trying to get this web page functional, but I am not a web person, just a view and change person. If there is anyone out there who would like to take this job and run with it, I am all ears. I will try and bring you up to date, but no promises.


Next weekend is the February Freeze out along with the February 28th Meat shoot/fun/work day. Hope to see more new faces and maybe with a little luck the weather will be on the warmer side of chilly. It has been a real bear (at least they have enough sense to hibernate) weatherwise. Nothing but cold, wind and rain, sleet, and of course, snow for the last few weeks. Just dress warm and be sure to have a means of keeping warm at night, just in case ol Mother Nature does her best to freeze us out.


February 28 Meat shoot/Workday      March 28 Meat shoot/Workday

April 25 Meat shoot/Workday

All Meat shoots begin at 11am and continue until there are no more shooters left .


This first meat shoot will be a critical one. We will focus on the attendance of our local members and friends and those who just like to come out and shoot for some great meat prizes and you gotta love the raffles. We still have a lot of tickets left for the three raffle items up for bid to be awarded at the March meat shoot. We are hoping to see new energy from the younger generation, but so far, it is not working too well. It's a shame that the area means so little to most members except it is a place to go fishing once in a while. We just are not seeing a lot of use of the area, with it's fishing, camping, bird watching, walking areas, just to name a few. Things need to change soon or someone needs to hit the lottery. I could handle that, and oh the things I could fix, here, there and everywhere. Please remember to save the above dates for the upcoming Meat shoots and work days and for those of you daring to hit the February Freeze Out come what may. My old bones will be staying warm until the spring thaw, then look out Mother Nature! I'll be on a roll to get the garden in shape for the upcoming 2015 viewing year. Meet me there, bring a pair of gloves and a digger or shovel, and we will begin the garden's uplift. See you then.


Remember no donation is too small and a $1.00 TO $1,000.00 TO $1,000,000 DONATION, from you, will help support our conservation efforts and keep our Wildlife Preserve/Conservation Area alive for future generations. Just $1.00 will do wonders in keeping our natural resources, land, air, water, flourishing. We want everyone to become part of the 3-RRR's-(Reduce-Reuse-Recycle)Generation Tea Lakes Member, by simply "Thinking Green" daily. Please join us in our quest for the future! If 1,000,000,000 + people DONATE $1.00, just think what can be accomplished for our future generations. A $10,000 donation will do 100 times as much good. Teaching others about the beauty of our lakes, wildlife, safe camping, fishing, bird watching, hiking, native flowers, and numerous other areas that affect each of us daily is a testament to what you have accomplished today by joining our commitment to create a better world just by GOING GREEN $1.00 at a time. Please join us and Donate Today! The solution is a Greener you by commiting to becomming a 3 RRR's Generation Tea Lakes Member.


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Tea Lakes is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization & a 509 (a) (2) public charity organization.


Late Renew Membership/Trailer Fee
After January Yearly
New/Renew Membership/Trailer
Through January Yearly

ALL CHECK OR MONEY ORDERS MUST BE MADE OUT TO: SOUTH SIDE CFM IN ORDER TO BE PROCESSED BY THE BANK. Any checks made out incorrectly will be returned to the sender for replacement. Any returned checks will result in a $35 returned check fee and membership will be declined until all fees are paid in full.


The Conservation Federation of Missouri was organized in 1935 by joining existing Conservation clubs and concerned individual citizens in the state for the express purpose of taking conservation in Missouri out of politics.  Petitions were circulated and more than 100,000 signatures were secured to allow proposition No. 4 to be placed on the ballot at the General Election of 1936.  This amendment, which passed by a landslide victory, provided us with our present Non-Political Conservation Agency, the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Concerned sportsmen of St. Louis played an active role in the success of proposition No. 4. Many of these people joined together to form the nucleus of the St. Louis District Chapter of the Conservation Federation of Missouri.  After experimenting for several months with regular meetings, the officers found it difficult to locate a suitable hall situated in central St. Louis to house the ever increasing attendance.  As a result, it was decided to divide the St. Louis Chapter into three divisions.  One of those being the South Side Division, which would later become one of the strongest affiliates of the Conservation Federation of Missouri.

South Side Division was organized in 1940, and with the strong leadership and dedication of its members, it developed into one of the most progressive conservation groups in the entire state.

Purpose and Goals

The objective of South Side Division is the education of the people of Missouri in conservation of all wildlife, soil, air, water, forestry, flower, song birds and all other natural resources of the State of Missouri. 

Since 1940 the members of South Side have dedicated their time, money and labor to such projects as the Tea Lakes Wildlife Preserve/Conservation Area.  Tea Lakes, which has received national recognition, was the result of countless hours of planning and work by the most ardent of conservationists.  This spirit continues today to ensure that the Tea Lakes area remains an educational conservation area just as the founders of our organization had envisioned it. 

Throughout the years, there have been many legislative attempts to undermine the conservation efforts in Missouri.  Whether it was an attempt to raid the conservation sales tax, or the proposed mining in a wilderness area, the members of South Side have always been there to fight for the good of conservation.  Although we have succeeded in the past to thwart these selfish attempts, we cannot relax because there will always be another challenge tomorrow.  The greatest resource of South Side Division are its members and it is up to us to ensure that Missouri will be a better place to live. 

Tea Lakes Area

Tea Lakes is a 216 acre multi use wildlife preserve and conservation area.  The original tract of land was acquired in 1946 and has since been expanded to its current state.  There are seven lakes and ponds on the area the largest of which covers 28 acres.

Some of the recreational activities that Tea Lakes offers are: fishing, camping, hiking, birding, relaxing, family picnics, etc...  There are five lakes and ponds that are stocked with fish such as crappie, catfish, bass and bluegill.  Tea Lakes offers excellent fishing opportunities throughout the year that can challenge anyone from the occasional weekend fisherman to the fishing enthusiast. 

There are 20 primitive campsites on the area which can accommodate anyone from tent campers to campers with self contained units.  A seasonal shower house is also available near the campsites.  Whether you choose to "rough it" or camp with some of the comforts of home, all the campsites have a beautiful view of the lake.

As Aldo Leopold wrote in his classic book on conservation, A Sandy County Almanac, "There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot".  The members of South Side are those who cannot live without wild things. 

 Conservation Pledge

I give my pledge as an American
to save and faithfully
to defend from waste the
natural resources of my country -
its soil and minerals,
its forests, waters, and wildlife.

3762 Hwy T


(AREA) 573-437-5563



Email to info@tlakesarea.org

UPDATED 02/22/15

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