Paris Springs Access

Driving Directions

From Halltown, take Highway 266 west 3 miles.


This area contains forest, cropland, old fields, and grassland. Facilities/features: three small ponds, permanent stream (Turnback Creek).

About This Area

Paris Springs Access is managed for wildlife associated with grassland, old field, glade, woodland, and forest resources with emphasis on upland game; and, aquatic resources are managed in an effort to maximize recreational sport fishing opportunities.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • Area Subject to Flash Flooding.
  • All caves on this and other Conservation Areas are currently closed or restricted to public access. The fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome in bats was found in Missouri in 2010, resulting in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s White-nose Syndrome Action Plan that limits public access to protect bats. WNS can be spread from cave to cave by bats or possibly on the gear of explorers. Privately owned caves are not affected by this Plan.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  Turnback Creek is floatable seasonally with take out points downstream 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good 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
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other   Turnback Creek Carry-in access from parking lot.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Non-Stocked Pond  1.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Turnback Creek 0.25 miles  
Stream - Permanent Johnson Creek 0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 124.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 25.00  
Crop Land 34.00  
Old Field 25.00  
Total Area Acres:208.00 

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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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