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

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If there is any member out there who would like to handle this process just give me a buzz at:636-296-8063

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Please try and make the September 10, 2015 General Membership Meeting as the Executive Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Mr. Brandon Butler will be our featured speaker. He is going to try and help us gain the younger generation as members by giving us a few pointers and letting us know how CFM is doing. Please be there and show him we support the CFM and are willing to give an hour of our time to listen to new ideas. Bring a friend, a neighbor or someone who needs to come in off the street for a while. Hope to see you all there with bells on.


It has been coming for a few years and each year we managed to pull things together even without the help of those who signed up. This year not so much. The former picnic will not take place this year, but instead, we will be having a Meat/Money shoot and our first ever Flea Market. October 3, 2015 be at the area beginning around 10am and stay until you can't shoot anymore. The meat shoot will be in full swing by then. On to the Flea Market. You can contact either one of these ladies. Pam Torti: 314-378-5176 or Billie Crossman: 636-584-4158. A 10x10 space will be $20 and an 8' table provided. Sign up by August 31st to get the best space. You never know what treasures you might find at a Flea Market. One mans trash is another mans treasure so come out and browse you may find something you never knew you needed. 


It's been a while and I thought I should try and get things caught up before I go on vacation. Things are going well at the area. People are camping and fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. Take a trip out to the area and see how nice it is to have the lakes full and the plants surrounding the lakes nice and green. Thank God we have been lucky enough to have had some nice rainfall that direction. Now in Arnold it is a much different story. I have two inch cracks in the ground surrounding the house. Except for the flowerbeds the rest of the yard looks pretty bleak. I wish for some of that rain that falls just north, east, or west of us and even our neighborhood Wal Mart Shopping Center can boast more rain than us and we are only a mile away. Just doesn't seem fair. Try the area. It makes for much better scenery.


This month has been full of surprises. To date we have had an increase of $25 to mail the 200 newsletters and it didn't stop there. As the newsletter editor was going on vacation the newsletter was put into print early and surprise, this is the last newsletter our printer will be doing. He closed his doors for good on Friday the 14th of August. So I have one bid from a source and it is already $20 more than we were paying before. So things are going up and up and up. Not good. The decision will, of course, be put to a vote as to whether the newsletter is a necessity. Food for thought. Give us your reaction. Yes or No!



For those of you who camped and fished Memorial Day Weekend, you will be welcomed back, with Proof of Previous Stay, a half price fee on Labor Day. What a deal. We are cheaper than anyone else and we just made it so cheap you shouldn't have passed up the opportunity to BOGO half off. Have a great time you lucky ducks. Speaking of ducks. Word is that there is a bigger preditor stalking the geese and they are scattering. That would not be a bad thing since the population was making it hard to walk around without stepping into that unwanted stuff. Yea! That stuff.



I have not been back to look at the Garden since May and I am sure it needs tending after all the rain fall the area has had. I imagine by the time I get out there it will probably be time to put the garden to rest. If not for the summer, probably the fall clean up.


Once again the Meat shoots are going along at a nice pace. Seems the locals in the surrounding area are happy to come and shoot targets for the afternoon and going away with smiles. We like it and the price is also ok. Hopefully the meat shoots will continue and bring in some much needed dollars. Keeping things running is the number one priority.



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.

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Email to info@tlakesarea.org

UPDATED 08/15/15

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