J. N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area

Driving Directions

From Knob Noster, take Highway 23 south 7 miles, then County Road SE 600 east 2 miles, then turn south on SE 1201 to the area.


Old fields, forest and cropland.

About This Area

J.N. "Turkey" Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area is in Johnson and Pettis counties.  J.N."Turkey" Kearn, who delighted many people with his humor and knowledge of local history, lived on this land in harmony with its natural beauty. In 1976, he donated 1,479 acres to the Conservation Department with the wish that the bounty of wildlife his ancestors spoke of when they first settled here be restored and preserved for future generations. The Department purchased an additional 195 acres, bringing the area to its present size of 1,674 acres.

The area features a great variety of habitat types, including wooded hills, bottomlands, crop fields, and native grass fields. Two fishing lakes, covering nine and 25 acres, respectively, were built in 2000. The area contains several small ponds and one two-acre pond, and Muddy Creek crosses the northwest corner of the area.

Management of the area focuses on providing habitat for upland wildlife species, including deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, doves, and songbirds.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Prairie chickens may be observed during the spring mating season. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Johnson County. Unit #2.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good 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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  By special use permit 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - ConcreteaccessibleNorth Lake   
Dock - Boat/CourtesyaccessibleNorth Lake   
Dock - FishingaccessibleNorth Lake  Disabled-accessible. 
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible   
Parking Lotaccessible 11   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond South Lake 04 9.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond North Lake 03 25.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Shop Lake 01 1.50 acres  
Fishless Pond  20 3.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Crooked Creek 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Muddy Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 423.00  
Old Field 700.50  
Grassland (non-prairie) 190.00  
Lakes/Ponds 35.57  
Crop Land 325.00  
Total Area Acres:1674.07 

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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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