The Lester R. Davis Memorial Forest

Driving Directions

From Mindenmines, take Main Street north from Highway 160, then 9th Street west, and SW 150th Lane north, then West Central Road east to the area. Entrance to the area is on the southernmost boundary of Prairie State Park.


Lester Davis purchased this land in 1951. The land had been strip mined in the 1920s and was all mine spoils. Lester Davis spent over 15 years planting over 100,000 trees and shrubs. Over 300 different tree and shrub species were planted during this period. Mr. Davis donated the land to the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1968.

Approximately 3 miles of hiking trails exist on the area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Bikes are allowed on all the mapped hiking/bike trails on the area. Bikes are not allowed off the mowed trails. Approximately 3.0 miles of trails. 
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  Approximately 3.0 miles of trails. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Non-Stocked Pond  2.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 76.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 7.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00  
Total Area Acres:85.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hike/Bike trail (Easy) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike) 3.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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