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!

Well it seems that the website does not want to cooperate with me so I am using this page for my events update.



Click above for March 15th Meat shoot flyer!

Last week our caretaker, Kenny, and his brother Roger, were in a bad vehicle accident, caught in the bad weather. Brother got off with a few bumps and bruises. kenny, however, is in ICU in washington, Mo. Mercy Hospital. no details right now, ribs broken, collarbone, splein, etc, but i will keep you posted as info comes in. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, but especially to wife kathy. if you need anything, you know you can call all of us. We are in the process of putting together a Benefit for Kenny to curtail some of the bills. There will be tickets available this week and I will post them as soon as I get them together. For now. Keep warm thoughts and maybe we can break this cold front sooner rather than later and the news from Kenny will be a positive one.

Happy New Year. Seems I ended the year with a boo boo in the newsletter as far as the scheduled meetings. Using an old, format, before we changed to six meetings, makes for a huge oopsy. Sorry about that folks! So beginning the new year here is a quick update for the meetings that are in effect for this 2014 calendar year. January (Officer installation, but, called because of the bad weather) March (installation of officers, but, generally awards time, if any are to be presented) May (White elephant time, Sy auctioneer) September (TBA) November (white elephant sale no. 2, Sy auctioneer) December (Christmas party and craft shop)(Officer and chairperson nominations for 2014) We are now off and running for the 2014 year and it ain't starting out on a very pleasant note.

Simple Donations for Area:  Give up a soda a week and donate that money to your club. Bring in the can for recycling by the club and generate more cash for the area. Eat out one less time a month and donate those dollars to your club. Buy one less application for your phone and donate that money to your club. Give up one movie a year and donate that money to your club. One less candy bar, bag of chips and it all can be a positive way of supporting your club, along with your general membership by making that additional donation. You can designate what you would like your donation to fund at the area: General Fund, Camping, Fishing, Forestry, Native Garden or Other, and remember that any donation is considered tax deductible. So give the gift that will continue giving and support our conservation efforts.


A $1.00 TO $1,000.00 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 02/10/14

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