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 Josiah on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 3:24pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Rainout hotline shows trail open. First half is ok, few soft spots. After intersection with sandy loop the trail is gone completely for large sections. What isnt too wet to ride is covered in trees and debris.
From Lucianj789 on Sun, 06/07/2020 - 5:29am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Park is closed. Entry is flooded and "Park Closed" sign is up.
From candycartons on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 8:57am - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
entrance completely underwater.
From zez on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 6:13pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
What's worse than red? Went to check it out today and you might need a kayak for some parts, plus there is a massive tree down on the middle cutoff about halfway to the bench.
From bmh032 on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 2:49pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Mucky mess. Rainout line says it’s open, but it shouldn’t be. Maybe in a couple days.
From zez on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 6:36pm - Bangert Island (St. Charles Area)
Just about perfect except for all the sand and earthmoving equipment tracks