Diamond Grove Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Diamond, take Route V west 4 miles, then Lark Road north 1.25 miles.


This area is predominantly prairie.

About This Area

Diamond Grove Prairie Conservation Area is one of the largest tracts of tallgrass prairie remaining in extreme southwest Missouri. Land surveyors in the 1840s described the area as "rich rolling prairie" and Diamond Grove Prairie CA looks much the same as it must have back then.

The area is dominated by native grasses such as prairie dropseed, big bluestem, little bluestem, and Indian grass. Additionally, a wide array of wildflowers including Indian paintbrush, blazing star, lead plant, compass plant, and royal catchfly adorn the grassland in season.

Diamond Grove Prairie CA is a great place to see many grassland bird species including the uncommon Henslow's Sparrow. Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers can also be seen in winter.

Recreational opportunities include hunting, hiking, bird watching, and outdoor photography. Deer may be found anywhere on the area with quail and rabbit being more common in the brushy fencerows and prairie draws.

Management of the area includes prescribed burning to stimulate native prairie plants, control of woody encroachment, removal of tall trees from prairie draws, and mechanical thinning of a 35-acre woodland located on the area. Cattle grazing occurs on the Carver Road tract from May - July. The grazing program is used to improve habitat for grassland obligate wildlife and is part of a long-term study on grazing effects on the prairie plant community. These management practices are intended to manage and help restore the historical prairie and savanna natural community.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Horseback riding is prohibited.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Grassland bird species such as grasshopper sparrow and Henslow's sparrow are common during the summer. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
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.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Firearms firing single projectile prohibited  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Diamond Grove Prairie Natural Area 570.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 802.00 Includes designated MO Natural Area-prairie-570 acres(upland prairie, rich flora includes royal catchfly, poppy mallow) 
Old Field 20.00  
Forest and Woodland 30.00 Draws and wet areas contain woody plants and a small patch of woodland is found in the southwest part of the area. 
Total Area Acres:852.00 

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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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