Fourche Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Doniphan, take Highway 142 west 11 miles, then Route P south 7 miles to the area.

Highlights

The West Fork of Fourche Creek runs through this area.

About This Area

Fourche Creek CA has five tracts in Ripley County approximately 15 miles southwest of Doniphan.

Most of the area was obtained by the University of Missouri in 1862 from the Federal government and sold to the Department of Conservation in 1965. During its century of ownership the University paid little attention to the property other than selling a site for the Gatewood School. Many local residents referred to it as the “Ag land” or “Agriculture land” and utilized it by cutting timber, grazing livestock, and farming. As many as 17 families lived on it at one time, the last of which moved away in the 1990’s.

Fourche Creek CA is predominantly forest land, only 4% of the area is open in old fields and small glades. The forested acreage is mostly oak-hickory with some pine stands that were planted in the early 1970’s.

General Information

Ozark

Ripley

573-226-3616

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Unless otherwise posted. No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Gatewood School Tract Archery Only; see Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Information Booklet for details.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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
No Developed Facilities

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring  10000.00 # gallons per day Less than 10,000 gallons per day.  
Stream - Intermittent West Fork Fourche Creek 0.56 miles  
Stream - Intermittent  8.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 3702.00  
Glade 13.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 10.00  
Old Field 43.00  
Total Area Acres:3768.36 

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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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