Bear Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Lebanon, take I-44 east 5.50 miles, take exit 135 to the South Outer Road and go east 0.10 mile, then Rustic Drive south 1.50 miles.


This is a mostly forested area.

About This Area

Bear Creek Conservation Area is located in Laclede County, northeast of Lebanon. The area was purchased from the University of Missouri in 1965. Bear Creek Conservation Area contains a total of 720 acres divided among four separate tracts.

These tracts are: Harrill Ford Tract (40 acres), Squatter Tract (120 acres), Bear Creek Tract (320 acres), and the Hermit Tract (240 acres).

These tracts are mostly mixed oak forest with small openings and old fields. Various phases of multiple use management are often conducted on the area. Forest improvement practices (which could include selective harvests), regeneration of forest stands, watershed protection, and wildlife habitat improvement are among the cultural practices utilized by area managers.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Area Subject to Flash Flooding.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Other Good population. Mobility Impaired Hunting Opportunity Area 
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good 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
Hunting Blind - Deer/Turkeyaccessible  Mobility impaired opportunity blinds  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Wildlife Watering Hole  0.25 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Glade 10.00  
Forest and Woodland 688.00  
Old Field 22.00  
Total Area Acres:727.95 

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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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