Harmony Mission Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Rich Hill, take Route A west 0.75 mile, then Route PP southwest 4.25 miles, then Route PP turns into gravel as Bates County Road 10508 and continues west about 1 mile to the lake entrance.


This area is mostly cropland, grassland, and old fields with 93-acres woods. Facilities/features: boat ramp, Harmony Mission Lake (96 acres), and several small ponds (four acres total).

About This Area

The Harmony Mission Lake Conservation Area (1,080 acres) and Peabody Conservation Area (299 acres) are managed as one area. Although separated by name, the areas adjoin and are managed primarily for early-succession, upland habitat suitable for Northern Bobwhite and other grassland nesting birds. The areas provide recreational opportunities to the public including hunting, trapping and camping. The areas also provide good fishing opportunity in a 96-acre lake and six water-filled strip-pits totaling 23 acres.

Harmony Mission, named for the first Indian mission in Missouri, was church-funded and started in 1821. The mission was located about 12 miles east of the present conservation area next to the "Great Village" of the Osage Indians on the Marais Des Cygnes River. The Osage Indians left Missouri around 1825, but remnants of the Mission can still be found. This landscape was virgin prairie until the mid 1960's, when it was sold and cleared. At that point the land was primarily farmland until 1984, when the Department bought the area from four landowners. Now, small crop fields are mixed with old fields and native grasses.

The 300-acre Peabody Conservation Area was once mined for coal and was donated to the Department around 1960. Peabody lands are largely strip mine spoil mounds that have grown up in woods. Work on the area began when Conservation Department personnel, Future Farmers of America and Vocational Agriculture school groups from Rich Hill, Butler and Adrian planted cover strips, spread lime and seeded food plots. They also started windbreaks to stop soil erosion.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

  • For questions regarding specific area information or regulations please contact the Four Rivers Area Headquarters, (417) 395-2341. If no one is in the office, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. If you need to speak to someone immediately please call the El Dorado Springs office at (417) 876-5226.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good numbers of grassland/shrub bird species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites   
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Hybrid striped bass  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
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-Dove Good population. Sunflower and wheat fields are planted and manipulated for doves. 
Hunting-Quail Good population. Management efforts are focused on providing quality habitat for quail and other grassland nesting birds.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Good population. Waterfowl numbers and hunting success is highly variable on the lake.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete Harmony Mission Lake ramp   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No restroom facility close to designated camping area.  
Dock - FishingaccessibleHarmony Mission Lake dock   
Parking Lotaccessible   
Privy/RestroomaccessibleHarmony Mission Lake privy   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Harmony Mission Lake 96.00 acres Lake has a concrete boat ramp and dock. 
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 93.00  
Crop Land 328.00  
Old Field 259.00  
Lakes/Ponds 100.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 300.00  
Total Area Acres:1080.00 

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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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