Fox Valley Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Kahoka, take Highway 81 north 4.75 miles, then Route NN west 2.50 miles to the area.

Highlights

Area contains nearly 1,300 acres of forest as well as old fields, cropland, grassland, and wetlands. Facilities/features: boat ramp, fishing dock, primitive camping, picnic areas, firearms/archery ranges, Fox Valley Lake (108 acres), a permanent stream (Fox River), and several small ponds.

About This Area


The 2,158-acre area is about 60 percent forested. The remaining 40 percent consists of grasslands, row crops, and idle fields. The forest consists mainly of oak-hickory in the uplands and mixed hardwood and softwood species in the bottomlands.

The area includes a 108-acre fishing lake and a 13-acre constructed wetland. Over one-mile of unchannelized portion of the Fox River meanders along the area's eastern boundary.

Because of its size and diversity, Fox Valley Lake Conservation Area is managed for a wide range of game and non-game wildlife species.

The area is available to the public for a variety of outdoor activities. Portions of the area are managed for upland wildlife species such as quail, rabbits, and songbirds. Timbered portions are managed for deer, turkey, squirrel, and woodland songbirds. Wetlands provide waterfowl habitat.

Management of the area includes farming, haying, discing, terracing, water manipulation, controlled burning, plus developing wildlife habitat by tree, shrub and grass plantings, food plots, and harvesting of timber.

The area includes a concrete boat ramp at the lake, a disabled-accessible fishing area, a river access (no ramp) and a rifle and archery range.


General Information

Northeast

Clark

660-785-2420

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  A small camping area with pads and potable water is available, other camping is allowed adjacent to area parking lots, some of which have privies. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Except during all fiearms deer and turkey seasons. 
Canoeing  Fox Valley Lake   
Fishing - Bass Good population. On Fox Valley Lake 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. On Fox Valley Lake and in Fox River 
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. On Fox Valley Lake 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp in Fox River 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. On Fox Valley Lake 
Hunting-Deer Good population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population. Click on link to dove management map (available in August). 
Hunting-Pheasant Fair population. The south tract of Fox Valley offers some pheasant hunting opportunities. 
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 Fair population. Waterfowl hunting allowed on Fox Valley Lake. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Fox Valley Lake   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   A small camping area with pads and potable water is available, other camping is allowed adjacent to area parking lots, some of which have privies. 
Dock - Fishingaccessible  On Fox Valley Lake 
Other Archery and Firearms Range  Unstaffed Archery Range and Firearms Range. For more information, click on link below.  
OtheraccessibleDisabled Hunting Access  Available by Special User Permit - contact the Area Manager.  
Parking Lotaccessible 10  This area has one disabled accessible parking lot.  
Pavilion Shelter House  Picnic tables and bar-b-que grill are available at shelter. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  The area has one disabled accessible privy. 

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Fox Valley Lake 108.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 5 0.60 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 6 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 7 1.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  4.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Linn Creek 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Fox River 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1295.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 91.00  
Lakes/Ponds 110.10  
Crop Land 200.00  
Wetland 13.00  
Old Field 446.50  
Total Area Acres:2158.50 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

091*47.119

40*28.699

n/a

Unstaffed

Varies

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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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