Marshall I. Diggs Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Wellsville, take Route ZZ west 3 miles, then Route RA west 0.50 mile.


This area is more than half forest and also contains cropland, old fields, grassland, savanna and prairie. Facilities/features: boat ramp, picnic area, pavilion, and two fishable lakes (Lake Walter and Lake Whitesell).

About This Area

Marshall I. Diggs Conservation Area is in Audrain and Montgomery counties, 3.5 miles southwest of Wellsville. To reach the area take Highway ZZ to Route RA. The area begins one-quarter mile west of this junction.

The area is named after Marshall I. Diggs, who donated 610 acres of the area to the Conservation Department in 1958. The Wellsville Firebrick Company donated 160 acres. Funds from Mr. Diggs were used to bring the area to its present size of 1,017 acres.

The area includes 600 acres of timber, which are managed primarily for mast (nut) production and 400 acres of open fields. Two large lakes (totaling 20 acres) are stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish. The open fields have native prairie grasses; shrubs, such as plum and sumac; and cereal grains, such as milo and corn, which are planted to provide winter food for wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Inquire of the Area Manager. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Lake Walter  
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concreteaccessible  Lake Whitesell  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Other stone monument   
Other dry hydrant  at boat ramp, Lake Whitsell   
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Lake Walter 7.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Lake Whitesell 13.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  13 2.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Little Loutre Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 27.00  
Lakes/Ponds 20.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 7.00  
Forest and Woodland 753.00  
Crop Land 30.00  
Other 9.00 infrastructure (roads, parking lots) 
Native Prairie 168.00  
Total Area Acres:1014.50 

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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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