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.

Unfortunately Adam is off to Kansas and a new job and I, the former keeper of the web site have once again been handed the job of keeping the web site updated. Problem one: My computer crashed and that meant getting a new one. Problem two: No disc with the information to create the web site. Problem three: Getting someone to do a reverse copy to recreate the site. Problem four: Figuring out how to publish a new way since the old way vanished. As you can see I fixed all the problems except one. Figuring out how to publish a new way, and BINGO! Today I finally got the whole thing to update. This has been one long drawn out affair. If there is any member out there who would like to handle this process just give me a buzz at:636-296-8063

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


Well here I go again. I am still trying to do the update thing without loosing the little hair left on my head. The March Meat Shoot/Freeze Out/Work Day prooved to be another successful weekend. The new set up for shooting at Windy Hill has provided cover from the weather for the shooters, who seem to like the feel of heat for their fingers and warm coffee and snacks to keep their insides warm. Thanks to all those same workers who are there to lend a hand and also to all the shooters. Without the area shooters there would be no success story. Thanks to everyone. On that note. The March shoot was another success story and following that the April shoot even with the rain and wind couldn't keep the shooters away. Keep on Comin! No May shoot and dates for the next Meat shoot days and times to follow.  Next Work day will be June 13.


Well once again I showed my age by circling the correct dates for the general membership meetings and typing the incorrect one. No matter the 7th is long past. The 14th is the May meeting and the White elephant sale. Bring those treasures in good working order, note: no chips or cracks allowed and if it isn't working trash it. We don't need to get rid of your junk, just your unwanted treasures! Thanks.



If you Camp and Fish Memorial Weekend you will be welcomed back, with Proof of Previous Stay to be given by the Caretaker, Labor Day Camping and Fishing for half price! Half Price! You can't beat that at Kroger! 


I set a new record at the garden during the April Meat Shoot/Work Day. I finished pulling and throwing in and around the garden in a record 5 hours. That's when the rain wasn't pouring and I was sitting it out in my car. Lost maybe 20 minutes. I wanted to move some plants, but by the time I finished clearing things out and I made a visit to the smaller garden it was almost 4:30pm and I was beat. So next time. I will move some plants and hopefully put a few new ones in. If the weather holds out and it isn't 100 degrees in the shade.



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 Membership
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 from the bank 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 05/16/15

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