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Population: 5,595,211 (2000)

State Background
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Missouri Department of Conservation
1907 Hillcrest Drive
Columbia, MO 65201


State Background

Missouri named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning "town of the large canoes", is a central state in the United States. It's border physically touches a total of eight different states. It is bounded on the north by Iowa; on the east, across the Mississippi River, by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; on the south by Arkansas; and on the west by Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (the latter across the Missouri River.) The Mississippi and Missouri rivers are the two large rivers which flow through this state. North of the Missouri River lie the Northern Plains that stretch into Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Here, gentle rolling hills remain behind from a glacier that once had extended from the north to the Missouri River.

Southern Missouri is the home of the Ozark Mountains, a dissected plateau surrounding the Precambrian igneous St. Francois Mountains. The southeastern part of the state is home to the Bootheel, part of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain or Mississippi embayment. This region is the lowest, flattest and wettest part of the state, and among the poorest. It is also the most fertile.

Missouri has a continental climate, but with considerable local and regional variation. The average annual temperature is 50F in the northwest, but about 60F in the southeast. The average annual precipitation for Kansas City is approx. 40 in, with some rain or snow falling about 110 days a year. The heaviest precipitation is in the southeast. During the winter, northwest winds prevail; the air movement is largely from the south and southeast during the rest of the year. Springtime is the peak tornado season.

State Species

Big Game Deer    
Waterfowl Brant
Canadian Geese
Light Geese
White-fronted Geese
Furbearer Badger
Cottontail Rabbit
Gray Fox
Ground Hog
River Otter
Striped Skunk
Swamp Rabbit
Small Game Common Snipe Crow Dove Mourning Dove Pheasant Quail Ruffed Grouse Sora Teal Turkey Virginia Rail Woodcock
Sport Fish Black Bass
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bullhead Catfish
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Grass Pickerel
Northern Pike
Rock Bass
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Striped Bass
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass

Clubs & Organizations

Anglers and Archery Outfitters Missouri Bass Anglers
Missouri Fishing Guide Missouri Smallmouth Alliance
Missouri Stream Teams River Hills Traveler © Copyright
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