Sand Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Interstate 55, take the Benton exit (80) to Highway 77 southeast (left) for approximately 2 miles, then County Road 333 north (left) approximately 2 miles to the area.


Sand dunes, blows, and sandy swales can be encountered at Sand Prairie Conservation Area. This 200-acre area is being restored to native grassland, an imperiled natural community of Southeast Missouri's lowlands.

About This Area

Sand Prairie Conservation Area is a 200-acre upland area located in Scott County near Benton, Missouri. This area is managed for natural communities including sand prairie, sand savanna, and sandy swale ephemeral wetlands. Management on the area is intended to promote species that historically occupied native sand prairies on the Blodgett Terrace. Natural community restorations and habitat management are currently underway on the area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot County Road 333 Parking Lot  Three car parking lot located off of County Road 333  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Prairie Sand Prairie 200.00 acres Sand prairie natural communities and old-field areas 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 200.00 Plans include restoring the area to native grassland species. 
Total Area Acres:200.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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