Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie

Driving Directions

From El Dorado Springs, take Highway 82 northeast 2.50 miles.


This is a prairie area with two small, fishable ponds.

About This Area

Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie is a remnant of the prairie ecosystem that once covered more than one-quarter of Missouri. It is also home to plants and animals that are specially adapted for life on the open prairie. Less than one-half of one percent of original prairie remains in Missouri making some of these species increasingly rare.

Managers use prescribed burning, grazing, and other tools to simulate historic disturbances that maintain healthy grasslands and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants, including trees, which were historically uncommon here. Management priorities include providing nesting and brood-rearing habitat for Greater prairie-chickens, bobwhite quail, and grassland birds such as Henslow's sparrow and upland sandpiper.

Monitoring and management for a number of lesser known species is also important. Some species may include: Mead's milkweed, prairie mole crickets, Regal fritillary butterflies, pink katydid, northern crawfish frog, slender glass lizard, Bell's vireo, grasshopper sparrow, Loggerhead shrike, short-eared owl, and Northern harrier.

General Information

Kansas City

Cedar,Saint Clair


Owned by MDC,Leased

  • Hunting only allowed on the portion of the area North of 82 Highway.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Species that may be viewed are Loggerhead shrike, Upland sandpiper, Eastern meadowlark, Bell's vireo, and Henslow's sparrow. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Demonstrations  Prairie Restoration. Patch-burn grazing is being conducted and studied on this area. 
Hiking  No designated 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-Quail Fair population. See area regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. See area regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Faust 1.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond WKT 0.50 acres  
Fishless Pond  21 7.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 280.00 Planted to multiple species of prairie grasses and forbs. 
Forest and Woodland 50.00  
Native Prairie 2700.00  
Total Area Acres:3030.52 

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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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