Bangert Island

Bangert Island

This 160 acre park is between the Katy Trail and the Missouri River just south of downtown St. Charles. 4.2 miles of singletrack, with some sandy areas, have been squeezed onto the island. The main loop is a figure 8 designed to be accessible to the beginning rider with minimal elevation change. The Sandy Loop weaves in and out of the drainage troughs alongside the river edge, offering a change of pace from the flats on the main loops. 

The trail is subject to seasonal flooding, and once the river level reaches 23', the bridge is no longer accessible.


Take I-70 to the 5th Street exit in St. Charles, and head South on 5th Street. Bear left onto the South River Road, and then left again onto Old South River Road. Parking is available on both sides of Old South River Road.  


Water, food, and restrooms are available in downtown St. Charles, approximately one mile north on the Katy Trail.  


An island in the Missouri River just south of the Blanchette Bridge, the Louis H. Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area (Bangert Island) was a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation and the St. Charles County Parks Department. Under the agreement, the MDC owns the property - following a 1976 donation by Anna Louise Kurtz and Edwin Kurtz to honor Anna's father Louis H. Bangert - and the Parks Department will manage the park through a 30-year, renewable lease.  2016 update: St. Charles City has purchased the land comprised of Bangert Island.

Trail Information

Trail Steward(s)




4.2 miles


Multiple Loops


Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From zez on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:44pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Big tree down in the new playground area on the west side of the big jump blocking pretty much all the exits on the other side. Trail was tacky but no ruts, sand was hardpacked and smooth.
From Schwartzman10 on Sat, 05/05/2018 - 1:00am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Great condition!
From Joeynbishop on Mon, 04/09/2018 - 3:26pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Dry right now, but feels like rain.
From Ghost_Rider on Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:10am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Trail in great shape, but concerned about state of elevated wooden feature which is getting increasingly rickety
From Tony Caruso on Thu, 04/05/2018 - 9:49am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Good to go if you hop or ride around just a couple damp spots.
From Tony Caruso on Fri, 03/30/2018 - 9:58am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Wet for a while- Come help me build berms when the rain stops.