Osage Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Nevada, take I-49/Highway 71 south 6 miles, then Tally Bend Road west 0.50 mile, and 1725 Road south 0.50 mile.


This tract, which contains a 615-acre Designated Natural Area, is mostly native prairie along with forest, cropland, and some old fields.

About This Area

Osage Prairie is a remnant of the prairie ecosystem that once covered more than a quarter of Missouri. It is also home to plants and animals that are specially adapted for life on the open prairie. Less than one-half of one percent of original prairie remains in Missouri making some of these species increasingly rare.

Managers use prescribed burning, grazing, and other tools to simulate historic disturbances that maintain healthy grasslands and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants, including trees, which were historically uncommon here.

Management priorities include providing nesting and brood-rearing habitat for Greater prairie-chickens, bobwhite quail, and grassland birds, such as Henslow's sparrow and upland sandpiper.

Monitoring and management for a number of lesser known species is also important. Some species may include: Mead's milkweed, prairie mole crickets, Regal fritillary butterflies, northern crawfish frog, slender glass lizard, blacknose shiner, grasshopper sparrow, Loggerhead shrike, short-eared owl, and Northern harrier.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Viewing of prairie chickens is rare. Other birds that may be seen are Bell's vireo, Northern harrier, upland sandpiper, and Henslow's sparrow. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Highlighted Activities  Good Wildflower Observation Areas  
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-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit 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
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Osage Prairie NA 615.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Fishless Pond  3.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Landon Branch 3.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 80.00  
Crop Land 40.00  
Native Prairie 1420.00 Includes the 615 acre Osage Prairie Natural Area. 
Old Field 5.00  
Total Area Acres:1545.01 

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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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