Marshall Junction Conservation Area


Heavy rains during the summer of 2016 have nearly destroyed 2 low water crossings on the road that passes through the area from east to west (County Road 334). It will take some time before repairs can be made. The road is still passable although low clearance vehicles might have some difficulty.

Driving Directions

From the the I-70/Highway 65 junction, take Highway 65 south 2 miles, take Route CC west 3 miles, then Route RB north 1 mile.


This is a mostly forest area with old fields and cropland. Facilities/features: firearms range, several fishless ponds, and a permanent stream (Blackwater River).

About This Area

Marshall Junction Conservation Area is off Route CC in southern Saline County. The area is approximately two miles south and three miles west of the I-70/Highway 65 intersection.

The Conservation Department purchased this 774-acre area in 1964. The area has rolling uplands with mixed old fields and crop fields bordered by timber on more rugged terrain and deep drainages.

About 1.25 miles of the Blackwater River runs along the area's northwest boundary, and several fishless ponds are on the area.

Management of the area includes periodic prescribed burning and/or discing in old field areas to maintain open lands important to wildlife. Harvest is planned in various stands of timber to provide a variety of age classes of woodland for game and non-game wildlife benefits. Woodland borders are being feathered to provide habitat for edge and early succession species such as bobwhite quail and cottontail rabbits.

About 150-acres of cropland are farmed, and a part of the crop is left standing to provide food for wildlife.

Marshall Junction Conservation Area is named for nearby historic crossroads. According to local history, the area was noted for an old rock dam built across the Blackwater to form a swimming and fishing hole, and nearby mineral-rich Abell Spring was reputed to have miracle curing powers.

This area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Development funds were made available in part through Land and Water Conservation Funds administered through the National Park Service.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good potential for forest interior and riparian species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  Blackwater River, must launch boat over bank. 
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, Drum, Buffalo, and Catfish in Blackwater River 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population. see map (usually available in August) for planted fields  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Areas of edge feathering provide good rabbit habitat 
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.  
Other  50 yd shooting range - shotguns are not allowed  
Other  Camping is permitted only by special use permit. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Other Unmanned shooting range  Unmanned 50 yd shooting range. Belting provided for target support. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.75 acres  
Stream - Permanent Blackwater River 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 159.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00  
Crop Land 100.00  
Forest and Woodland 513.00  
Total Area Acres:773.98 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

93*1450.59 W

38*5624.21 N




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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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