Rippee Conservation Area


The Rippee CA Campground and Facilities associated with the campground are open to public use there are four camp sites available for use.

Driving Directions

From Ava, take Highway 14 east 11 miles, then County Road 328 south 1.50 miles.


This area is predominantly forest. Facilities/features: primitive camping, picnic areas, two permanent streams (Rippee Creek, Bryant Creek), Bryant Creek Natural Area (riparian corridor).

About This Area

Rippee Conservation Area is at the junction of Rippee and Bryant Creeks in central Douglas County. This tract is about 15 miles east of Ava off Highway 14.

The site has a lively history, which includes Indian Camps, Civil War skirmishes and a large pioneer settlement supported by a major wagon road.

The forest is a mixture of oak-hickory, short leaf pine, and bottomland hardwood trees. There is a dolomite glade on a steep, south-facing slope above a 50-foot bluff to the north of Bryant Creek. Glades are rocky openings in forests or woodlands mainly on south or west slopes. Bedrock is at or near the land surface in glades, and the shallow soil layer supports dwarfed trees and nonwoody plants. Little bluestem grass and Missouri coneflower are two types of plants that grow here. There is also a seep on the glade. Plants growing here include Venus' hair fern and grass of Parnassus. The upper part of the glade is dolomite and sandstone and grades into a sandstone forest/savanna.

About 18 acres (1.5 miles of creek and buffer zone) of the Rippee Conservation Area is designated as Bryant Creek Natural Area. Bryant Creek is a high quality, small river with 15 species of fish and crayfish that occur in the Ozarks and nowhere else in the world. Those species include the Ozark shiner, Ozark madtom, bluestripe darter, golden crayfish, and Ozark crayfish. Bryant Creek also offers excellent fishing, and 43 kinds of fish have been found in its water. Some of the popular sport fish include: largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, bluegill, goggle eye, and channel catfish.

During your visit to Rippee Conservation Area you may notice forest improvement practices designed to improve tree growth, quality and variety. The practices improve wildlife habitat and help maintain watershed quality. Any physical disturbance is temporary. Wildlife habitat management includes converting fescue fields into wildlife-friendly grasses, constructing brush piles and the planting of food plots.

Turkey, deer, quail, rabbits, river otters, squirrels, and bald eagles live within or visit the area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Privies, campfire rings, and picnic tables are provided. 
Canoeing  Access to Bryant Creek during early spring months  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
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.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Adjoins Bryant Creek Natural Area. 15 individual camping sites. 
Parking Lot    
Picnic Table  19  15 are located at camp sites, four are in the picnic area.  
Privy/Restroom   One is located in the picnic area, two are in the campground. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Bryant Creek Natural Area 30.00 acres For more information see natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent Rippee Creek 0.75 miles  
Stream - Permanent Bryant Creek 1.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 341.70  
Old Field 4.00  
Crop Land 25.50 Wildlife food plots 
Glade 6.00  
Other 7.50 Campground & parking lots. 
Grassland (non-prairie) 34.00  
Total Area Acres:418.70 

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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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