Little Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Rolla, take the north outer road of I-44 east about 5 miles, then Route RA north to the area.


This area contains forest and old fields. Facilities/features: boat ramp, picnic areas, fishing dock, and Towell Lake (100 acres).

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited except for deer hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet. 
  • Lots of largemouth bass under 12 inches readily available for harvest.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Waterfowl during spring and fall migrations. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  Towell Lake   
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Lots of largemouth bass under 12 inches readily available for harvest.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  Hiking opportunities on several miles of internal service roads. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Archery Only.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Towell Lake   
Dock - Boat/Courtesy    
Dock - Fishingaccessible   
Parking Lotaccessible   
Picnic Table    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake - Shoreline William E. Towell Lake 1.10 miles  
Fishing Lake or Pond William E. Towell Lake 95.20 acres Boat motors over 10-hp restricted to idle speed.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 0.20 acres  
Fishless Pond  0.15 acres  
Named Prairie Heilbrunn Prairie 32.00 acres Tract donated by Ilse Heilbrunn. 
Stream - Intermittent  0.54 miles  
Stream - Permanent Beaver Dam 0.14 miles Beaver dam below lake dam 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 3.00 Small grain food plots 
Forest and Woodland 97.60  
Lakes/Ponds 95.20  
Old Field 95.00  
Other 19.61 Parking lots, access roads, fishless pond, internal service roads, and picnic areas. 
Native Prairie 32.00 Heilbrunn Prairie 
Total Area Acres:342.41 

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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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