Wellsville Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Wellsville, take Highway 19 south, then County Road 21 south 1.50 miles, and County Road 27 west 0.25 mile.


This area is mostly forest with some old fields. Facilities/features: boat ramp, unstaffed shooting range, Wellsville Lake (14 acres).

About This Area

This 126-acre conservation area was donated to the Conservation Department in 1959 by the City of Wellsville.  This community lake, originally formed by two clay pits, has depths from 80 - 100 feet in the deepest portion. The lake receives annual stocking of channel catfish and also supports good populations of bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and green sunfish.

The balance of the area is a combination of forest and brushy areas, which supports moderate populations of small game species.

The area offers an unstaffed shooting range that was built in 1975, making use of soil excavated from the clay pits.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Wellsville Lake  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Other   Gravel boat ramp on Wellsville Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Other Shooting Range  Shooting range offers 25, 50 and 75 yard target shooting. The area does not offer a separate shotgun range. This is the only shooting range offered on the area. Only paper targets affixed to the backstop are allowed and they are not provided.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Wellsville Lake 14.00 acres Old clay pits 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Savanna 11.00  
Lakes/Ponds 14.00  
Forest and Woodland 90.00  
Old Field 10.00  
Total Area Acres:125.60 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

91*3447.74 W

39*0208.80 N




1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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