Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Columbia, take Highway 63 north 19 miles, then Route F west 5 miles, then Route T north 2.75 miles, then County Road 2930 west 0.50 mile to the area.

Highlights

This area is largely forest. Facilities/features: primitive camping, firearms range, 48-acre lake, and two intermittent streams (Little Perche Creek, Perche Creek).

About This Area

Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area contains 3,575 acres at the junction of Boone, Howard, and Randolph counties. It is named for Dr. Rudolf Bennitt, a zoology professor who was instrumental in getting the Conservation Department formed in the 1930's. Bennitt also served as technical advisor to the first Commission.

The original tract was purchased from 10 sellers in the mid-1960's, the largest former landowner being the Catholic Church of Moberly.

The mostly gentle, rolling terrain is 75 percent forested. Fields of native warm-season grasses and row crops are scattered among the forests.

This area was treated like most of Missouri's land before it was bought by the Department. The timber was grazed, logged, and burnt by occasional fires sweeping through the area. Through forest management, the Department is trying to improve tree growth, quality, and diversity. Better forests provide wildife habitat for animals such as deer, turkey, dove, and quail, and help maintain watershed quality.

Rudolf Bennitt Lake (48 acres) was built in 1999 by the Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) as part of the Moniteau Creek Watershed Conservation Plan. The lake provides a good fishery for bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and redear sunfish. Lake facilities include a disabled-accessible boat ramp, a fishing dock, and restroom.

Watering ponds have been built and crop fields are planted under contract with local farmers to provide food for wildlife. Occasional tree harvests encourage shrub growth for animal forage and cover.

Hikers, bikers, and equestrians may enjoy the Moniteau Trail. During modern firearms deer season and spring turkey season, the trails are closed to ALL other uses except hunting.

General Information

Central

Boone,Randolph,Howard

573-815-7900

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Allowed on multi-use trail.  
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Five camping areas for both equestrians and others have 27 designated spots which are numbered. Hitching posts, lantern posts and fire rings provided. No other amenities. No hitching directly to trees. Use of hitching posts is preferred. Horses may be hitched to a rope tied between two trees.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Only during firearms deer season. No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Walk in primitive camping year round except during modern firearms deer season. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Redear sunfish 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Bluegill 
Hiking   
Horseback Riding  Hitching posts provided at designated camping areas. No hitching directly to trees. Use of hitching posts is preferred. Horses may be hitched to a rope tied between two trees. Wagons only allowed on sections of trail designated on map.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. See Fall Deer and Turkey brochure for more information. Archery and firearms deer hunting is permitted for antlered or antlerless deer on the following permits only: Archer's Hunting Permit and Firearms Any-Deer Permit. no archery antlerless or firearms antlerless permits may be used. Closed to firearms deer hunting during the urban zones and antlerless portions. All other statewide deer seasons and limits apply.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Other  Special hunting provisions provided for the mobility impaired. Contact area manager or regional office for further information.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concreteaccessible  Bennitt Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Camping Sites 1-5  Five units at this site. Hitching post, lantern post, and fire ring at each site. No other amenities provided.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Camping Sites 6-16  Eleven units at this site. Hitching post, lantern post, and fire ring at each site. Equestrian watering pond available. No other amenities provided.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Camping Sites 17-18  Two units at this site. Hitching post, lantern post, and fire ring at each site. No other amenities provided.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Camping Sites 19-21  Three units at this site. Hitching post, lantern post, and fire ring at each site. No other amenities provided.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Camping Sites 22-24  Three units at this site. Hitching post, lantern post, and fire ring at each site. No other amenities provided.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites Camping Sites 25-27  Camping spots, fire ring, by lake. No other amentities provided.  
Dock - Boat/Courtesyaccessible   
Dock - Fishingaccessible   
Other Bennitt Shooting Range   
Parking Lot Slab Parking Lot   
Parking Lot Boyscout Parking Lot   
Parking Lot Overflow Parking  Five graveled slips available.  
Parking Lotaccessible  Disabled accessible lot is to Bennitt Lake. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Located at Bennitt Lake parking lot. 

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Bennitt Lake 48.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent  26 14.00 miles Area Intermittent Streams: 1st Order - 18 streams totaling 7.5 miles; 2nd Order - 6 totaling 4.1 miles; 3rd order - 2 streams totaling 2.6 
Stream - Permanent Perche Creek 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Little Perche Creek 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Moniteau Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 2833.00  
Lakes/Ponds 61.00  
Old Field 370.00  
Savanna 120.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 125.00  
Total Area Acres:3575.04 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Moniteau Trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 12.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

92*2651.31 W

39*1539.93 N

n/a

Unstaffed

Varies

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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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