Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

Driving Directions

From Springfield, take Highway 65 south 18 miles.


This area is mainly forest with woodlands, glades, and old fields. Facilities/features: primitive camping by Special Use Permit only, picnic areas, firearms range, intermittent stream (Camp Creek), and a permanent stream (Woods Fork).

About This Area

This area is named in honor of Dr. Urban and Erma Marie Busiek. The original 740 acres was purchased from their son, Dr. Paul Busiek, in 1981 and approximately one-quarter of the purchase price was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation. All other land was purchased by the Department over the next several years.

The area provides multiple recreation use opportunities. A well marked trail system provides approximately 18 miles of trails for use by hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders.  Camping is permitted ONLY with a permit - available through the Springfield Regional office.  There is also an unstaffed firearms shooting range available.  The range is closed on Monday's for maintenance.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  ALL CAMPING BY PERMIT ONLY (call 417-895-6880). No amenities provided. 
Horseback Riding   
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Camping by permit only. There is a group campsite available.  
Other Shooting Range  Unstaffed shooting range west of Highway 65. Where the entrance road forks on the east side of Highway 65 take the west fork in the road which dead ends at the shooting range. Paper targets only. The Range is closed on Mondays for weekly maintenance.  
Parking Lot    
Picnic Table    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Intermittent Woods Fork 3.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Camp Creek 3.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 80.00  
Other 1.91 Parking lots and shooting range. 
Forest and Woodland 2454.00  
Glade 165.00 Good wildflower viewing during summer and fall. 
Total Area Acres:2700.91 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
West trail system (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 8.00 
East trail system (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 10.00 

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Shooting Range General Information






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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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