Connor O. Fewel Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Calhoun, take Highway 52 southwest 3 miles, then Route AC west 2 miles.


This area contains old fields, forest, grassland, and cropland. There are three fishable lakes (17 acres total).

About This Area

Connor O. Fewel Conservation Area is in northern Henry County, north of Lewis on Route AC.

The area has a rich and varied history. An Osage Indian trail once ran by the springs, connecting Kansas City to Warsaw. Settlers also used the area as a community meeting place; evidence of their gatherings remain in the form of circular stone tables, campfire circles, and initials scratched into moss-covered rock overhangs. The outlaw Jesse James and the Younger Gang reportedly hid out near here, and a tree near the springs was said to be a "hanging tree" during those lawless times.

Connor O. Fewel Conservation Area is divided into north and south units, by a block of privately-owned land. The southern unit is characterized by crop fields, brushy draws, and reclaimed mine spoils. The north unit primarily consists of mature oak and hickory timber on rolling hills. The area features a wide variety of habitat and wildlife.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Dog Training  See area regulations.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Good population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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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 Strip Pit 1 8.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 2 4.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 3 5.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres  
Spring  21600.00 # gallons per day .01 Acre  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 115.00  
Crop Land 23.00  
Old Field 107.00  
Lakes/Ponds 19.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 56.00  
Total Area Acres:320.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
None Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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