Peabody Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Rich Hill take Route A west approximately 4 miles.


This area is dominated by strip pits and spoil banks. Facilities/features: two boat ramps, 23 acres of lakes and ponds.

About This Area

The Peabody Conservation Area (299 acres) and Harmony Mission Lake Conservation Area (1,080 acres) are managed as one area. Although separated by name, the areas adjoin and are managed primarily for early-successional, upland habitat suitable for Northern Bobwhite and other grassland nesting birds. The areas provide recreational opportunities to the public including hunting, trapping and camping. The areas also provide good fishing opportunity in a 96-acre lake and six water-filled strip-pits totaling 23 acres.

The Peabody Conservation Area was once mined for coal. It was donated to the Conservation Department around 1960. Peabody lands are largely strip mine spoil mounds that have grown up in woods. Work on the area began when Conservation Department personnel, Future Farmers of America and Vocational Agriculture school groups from Rich Hill, Butler and Adrian planted cover strips, spread lime and seeded food plots. They also started windbreaks to stop soil erosion. Tractors and other equipment for the project were supplied by three local implement dealers.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

  • For questions regarding specific area information or regulations please contact the Four Rivers Area Headquarters office, (417) 395-2341. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. If you need to speak to someone immediately, please call the El Dorado Springs office at (417) 876-522.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Some birding opportunity for forest edge, shrub habitat, and grass and shrub bird species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Two camping areas. No amenities are provided, but areas are in close proximity to strip pits.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good 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-Dove Good population.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.

Management efforts emphasize habitat for quail and other grassland nesting birds.

Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good 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 ramps for strip pits. 
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   2 camping areas. No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond PIT 1 6.40 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond PIT 2 3.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond PIT 3 3.30 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond PIT 4 2.70 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond PIT 5 2.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond PIT 6 2.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 122.00  
Crop Land 87.00  
Wetland 5.00  
Old Field 61.00  
Lakes/Ponds 23.00 6 - Strip Pits 
Total Area Acres:298.60 

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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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