Mineral Hills Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Unionville, take Highway 5 south 3 miles, then Route F east 2.50 miles.

Highlights

Mostly forest with old fields and cropland. Facilities/features: fishable ponds (three acres total), an old strip pit and other wildlife waterholes and a permanent stream (South Blackbird Creek). Limited mobility sites are available for hunting and/or viewing opportunities. Special Use permit is required.

About This Area

The Conservation Department created the Mineral Hills area in 1983 with the purchase of three tracts of private land. Additional tracts were acquired in 1986 and 2000, bringing the area to its present 1,979-acre size.

In the early part of the 20th century, parts of this area were strip-mined and shaft-mined for coal, both for private and commercial use. Piles of tailings and collapsed tunnels remain as evidence of the mining.

Over 75 percent of Mineral Hills Conservation Area is forested. Upland trees include white oak, red oak and several species of hickory. In the bottomlands, visitors will find silver maple, pin oak, green ash, hackberry, and an assortment of other hardwoods.

Management of this forest includes tree improvement and tree harvest to create forest openings for wildlife, to promote the health of the forest, and ensure a diversity of tree sizes and age classes. Visitors to the area will also see signs of cropping, grasslands management, and woodland restoration.

During your visit to Mineral Hills Conservation Area, you can enjoy the abundant forest wildflowers in the early spring or the prairie wildflowers that bloom summer through fall. You may hear the melodies of numerous songbirds or the drumming of ruffed grouse. Native to Missouri, grouse were restocked on the area in 1983. Good numbers of deer and turkey roam the area along with a variety of other mammals. Area ponds provide good fishing for catfish, bluegill, and bass.

Seven limited mobility sites are available for hunting and/or viewing opportunities. Special Use permit is required.

General Information

Northeast

Putnam

660-785-2420

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(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. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. On ponds 1, 3, 4, and 5. 
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. On ponds 4 and 5. 
Fishing - Other  User friendly sites available at Ponds 3 & 5 (foot guardrails/table) for limited mobility users. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Bluegill in ponds 1, 3, 4, and 5. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Limited mobility sites are available by obtaining a special use permit. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Limited mobility sites are available by obtaining a special use permit.    
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Limited mobility sites are available by obtaining a special use permit.    
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. Limited mobility sites are available by obtaining a special use permit.    
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Limited mobility sites are available by obtaining a special use permit. 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
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 0.50 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 3 1.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 4 1.10 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 5 0.40 acres  
Stream - Permanent South Blackbird Creek 1.10 miles Limited fishing opportunities exist.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1740.00  
Crop Land 99.00  
Lakes/Ponds 3.00  
Old Field 137.00  
Total Area Acres:1979.00 

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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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