R. F. Clement Memorial Forest and Wildlife Area

Driving Directions

From Salem take Highway 72 north, then Route C west 5 miles, then Route O north 2 miles, and Route OO west 3.50 miles.


This is a forest area.

About This Area

Richard F. Clement Memorial Forest and Wildlife Area covers 520 acres in northwestern Dent County, approximately 17 miles from Salem and 14 miles from Rolla. Route OO runs through the extreme northern portion of the tract. Dent County Road 2110 runs through the heart of this tract off of Route OO.

The area is forested with various species of oak, hickory, and other native trees. The area has both natural and planted stands of shortleaf pine.

Native wildlife, such as whitetail deer, turkeys, and squirrels can be found here.

There are three dolomite bluffs on the area. The west-facing bluff is up to 40 feet high and the south-facing bluff is up to 30 feet high. These cliffs provide habitat for amphibians and reptiles. The blufftops offer scenic views of the adjacent forest.

This area was aquired by the Missouri Department of Conservation through a land donation. Before being donated, the area had been in the Forest Crop Land program since 1965 and under the management direction of Conservation Department foresters.

During your visit to Richard F. Clement Memorial Forest and Wildlife Area, you may view various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat, maintain watershed quality, enhance tree growth, quality, and species composition. Any disturbance is only temporary and the forest will soon return to normal.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Fall deer/turkey booklet.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Wildlife Watering Hole  0.25 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 518.00  
Crop Land 2.00 Established food plots and green browse areas. 
Total Area Acres:520.00 

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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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