Monegaw Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From El Dorado Springs, take Highway 54 east 2.50 miles.


This is a prairie area.

About This Area

Monegaw Prairie is a remnant of the tallgrass 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, haying, 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 which find a home here include: Mead's milkweed, prairie mole crickets, Regal fritillary butterflies, northern crawfish frog, slender glass lizard, grasshopper sparrow, Loggerhead shrike, and Northern harrier.

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

  • Horseback riding is prohibited.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Allowed only on MDC land  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Allowed only on MDC land  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
No Developed Facilities

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.50 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 270.00  
Total Area Acres:270.00 

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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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