Locust Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Western Portions - From Milan, take Highway 5/6 south 0.10 mile, then take River Road west 2.50 miles. Eastern Portions -From Milan take Highway 5/6 south 1.20 miles, then take Ribbon Road west 1.25 miles.


This area contains forest, woodland, grassland, old fields, cropland, and wetlands along with the Locust Creek Experimental Stream Management Area.

About This Area

This 3,451 acre area is approximately one-third bottomland and upland forest and woodland. The remainder is comprised of cropland, grassland, wetland and old field type habitats.

Locust Creek, recognized by the National Park Service as one of the last, largely unchannelized stretches of a typical prairie stream, flows along and through the area for 5.7 miles.

Locust Creek Conservation Area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Conservation Department manages the forest, fish, and wildlife resources of this area to provide for public recreation and to protect soil and water quality. Cropping, timber management, and prescribed burning are used to improve wildlife habitat. Small wetland units provide fall and spring habitat for wetland wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed on or adjacent to area parking lots. No camping along roadways. No amenities provided.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Except during firearms deer and turkey seasons. 
Canoeing  On Locust Creek. Limited access from public road. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. In ponds 1,2,3,4,5, and Locust Creek. 
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. In ponds 1,2,3,4,5, and Locust Creek. 
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. In pond 1. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. In ponds 1,2,3,4,5, and Locust Creek. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Good population. Click on link to dove management map (available in August).  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. On wetland units depending on fall precipitation.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot  14  Lots B and O offer stream bank fishing opportunities in Locust Creek  
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Located at parking lot D.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 2 1.10 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 3 7.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 4 1.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 5 0.25 acres  
Fishless Pond Bait pond. 0.25 acres Small bait pond designated on map. 
Fishless Pond  6.75 acres  
Other Experimental Stream Management Area 3.00 count There are three experimental stream management areas on Locust Creek on the conservation area. Results from these areas help guide stream channel restoration in other parts of Missouri  
Stream - Permanent Locust Creek 5.70 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 805.25  
Wetland 140.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 924.17  
Lakes/Ponds 16.75  
Forest and Woodland 1195.00  
Crop Land 370.00  
Total Area Acres:3451.17 

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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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