Compton Hollow Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Marshfield, take I-44 west to exit 96, then Route B south 5 miles, then Compton Hollow Road east about 1 mile.


This is a mostly forest area. Facilities/features: archery range.

About This Area

Compton Hollow Conservation Area is in Webster County, approximately 20 miles east of Springfield and nine miles west of Marshfield. Visitors can access this 840-acre area from Compton Hollow Road, where two parking lots are located about 0.75 mile apart. Visitors can also access the northwestern part of this area from Conservation Lane, which is a road heading south off of Route B. There is a parking lot located there.

Approximately 90 percent of the area is forested. Non-forested areas are composed of old fields and wildlife food plots. Several small ponds provide wildlife watering holes. The area is home to numerous game and non-game species, including deer, turkey, squirrel, and raccoon.

Food plots, forest thinnings and small forest clearings are designed to improve wildlife habitat and natural community health.

Compton Hollow contains two distinct natural features: several small dolomite glades and a dry-mesic chert woodland. These features are protected and managed to maintain or increase their natural qualities.

An archery field course with 6 individual stations is located near the east parking lot, just off Compton Hollow Road. A regulations sign at the start of the course instructs users in proper procedures.

A special use hunting area for hunters with medical exemptions is in the north-central part of the area. It begins near the northwestern parking lot off of Conservation Lane. The boundaries are marked with orange paint and this hunting area is also designated on the map.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Bicycling is allowed on service roads and designated trails. Closed to use during Spring Turkey season and Fall Firearms Deer seasons. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Primitive camping is permitted. Groups of 10 or more campers need a special-use permit. Seasonal closures may apply. 
Horseback Riding  Horseback riding is allowed on service roads and designated trails. Closed to use during Spring Turkey season and Fall Firearms Deer seasons. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. The area includes a special use hunting area for hunters with medical exemptions. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.  
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
Other Archery Range  Six station walk and shoot archery range  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres  
Named Forest Dry, Mesic Chert Woodland 20.00 acres  
Other Glade 2.00 count  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 75.00  
Crop Land 2.00 Food Plots 
Lakes/Ponds 2.00  
Forest and Woodland 750.50  
Glade 2.00  
Total Area Acres:831.27 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Multi-use trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 5.50 

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Shooting Range General Information






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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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