Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Conservation Area

Notice

Due to recent flood events, the levee system between wetland Pool 6 and 7130 has been compromised. Therefore public access has been restricted on this levee for safety reasons. Contact area staff for further details at 660-530-5500.

Driving Directions

West tract: from Concordia, take Highway 23 south 5 miles.
East tract north of Blackwater River: from Concordia, take Highway 23 south approximately 4 miles, then east on NE 1200, area begins where NE 1200 turns north.
East tracts south of Blackwater River: from Sweet Springs, take Highwy 127 south, then Route NN west, and north on Blackwater Road, or west on Dunksburg Road. See map for additional access.

Highlights

This area contains forest, old fields, wetlands, cropland, and grassland. Facilities/features: primitive camping, firearms range, fishable ponds (13.7 acres total) and a permanent stream (Blackwater River).

About This Area

This area is named after the late Dr. Ralph Perry and his wife, Martha, who donated both land and money to create the conservation area. Unit 1 is located in southwestern Saline and northwestern Pettis counties. Unit 2 is in northeastern Johnson county with access provided by Highway 23.

The area features a diversity of terrain and habitats, including crop fields, old-field habitat, wetlands, glades, woodlands, and both botomland and upland forest.

Management of this 4,134-acre area includes mowing and controlled burning to maintain plant diversity in the open areas. Habitat plantings include shrubs, native grasses and trees, including two plantings of the Concordia oak, a rare three-way hybrid. Wetland management includes the seasonally flooding of more than 750 acres.

A hiking trail consisting of two loops travels through varying habitats and provides access to several fishing lakes. Several small ponds, the Blackwater River and two lakes provide fishing opportunities. The Conservation Department stocks selected area waters with catfish, bass, redear sunfish and bluegill.

Seasonal access to the Blackwater River is provided in Unit 1. Over seven miles of the Blackwater River flows through the area.

General Information

Kansas City

Pettis,Johnson,Saline

660-530-5500

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Depending on water conditions, this area has excellent birding opportunities for waterfowl, marsh and shorebirds, wading birds and songbirds. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Johnson County. Pettis County.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping permitted within 50 yards of Parking lots A, B, C, D and E. No amenities provided.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  Parking Lot E is the trailhead for two loop hiking trails. The Lake Loop Trail provides access to two fishing lakes.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Good population. A portion of the area is a refuge from October 15 through the close of the waterfowl season. The refuge is closed to all activity during the closure dates. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  By special use permit only. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   There are 5 parking lots where primitive camping is permitted on or within 50 feet of the lot. There are no other camping facilities.  
Other Perry Shooting Range  Firearms shooting range with 25, 50 and 100 yard targets. Single-projectile firearms only. Located on Highway 23. Shooting range closed until 12:00 pm from October 1 through December 31.  
Parking Lot  12  See area map for locations.  

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Guier Pond 07 6.10 acres There is a 200 yard walk to this pond from the parking lot.  
Fishing Lake or Pond North Pond 03 0.70 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Guier Lake 06 6.50 acres There is a .375 mile walk to this lake from the parking lot.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Dunksburg Pond 01 1.10 acres There is a 200 yard walk to the fishing pond.  
Fishless Pond  45 33.40 acres  
Named Wetland Swan Pool  45.00 acres  
Named Wetland Pool 2 320.00 acres  
Named Wetland Greenwood Pool 85.00 acres  
Named Wetland Pool 5 15.00 acres  
Named Wetland 150 Hole 225.00 acres Three of the wetlands are inviolate refuges from October 15 through the close of the waterfowl season. See area map for details.  
Named Wetland Pool 6 45.00 acres  
Named Wetland 7130 Pool 33.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Peavine Creek 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Blackwater River 6.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1728.00  
Crop Land 500.00  
Old Field 851.38  
Lakes/Ponds 50.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 200.00  
Wetland 805.00  
Total Area Acres:4134.38 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
West Loop Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.20 
Lake Loop Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.60 

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Shooting Range General Information

93*34'15"16W

38*54'49.64"N

n/a

Unstaffed

Varies

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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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