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.

Directions

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.  

Services

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

About

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)

Rating

Beginner

Length

4.2 miles

Type

Multiple Loops

Weather

Trail Conditions

Latest Conditions

From zez on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:12pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Totally rideable, but about what you'd expect with 8" of snow
From Tony Caruso on Sat, 12/29/2018 - 11:31am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Lower sections are slick. I recommend carrying your bike across the slough, avoid the connector trail and get your riding in on the trail closest to the Missouri River. It's in great shape.
From Angela Williams on Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:46am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Pretty good today. Maybe best I’ve seen it in recent weeks. A few greasy spots can be avoided. Unfortunately if it rains as forecasted this evening it will be un- rideable tomorrow. Enjoy today. As it gets warmer may get greasier
From bcpriess on Tue, 12/18/2018 - 5:08pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Entrance = muddy garbage. Dirt trails muddy/slippery, esp last few turns near trailhead going ccw. 1st side trail (ccw) is bad. Trail to playground ok. Playground is meh, has some slick spots. Sandy section by the river is aok.
From TTM on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:35pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Only a couple very small squishy spots. Some leaf cover. Fun as always!
From Tony Caruso on Thu, 09/13/2018 - 9:35am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Still have a couple blowdowns that need to be cleared.