Shannon Ranch Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Vanzant, take Highway 95 south 1.25 miles.


This area contains forest, grassland, savanna and glades. Facilities/features: primitive camping and several intermittent streams.

About This Area

This 1,565-acre area is named for the family which farmed it for several years. It is located on Highway 95 about 13 miles south of Mountain Grove in Douglas County.

Tree species native to the area, such as oaks, hickories, shortleaf pine and cedar, grow abundantly here.

One method used to manage forests is the harvesting of trees. Foresters survey the size, age, and condition of the trees and assess the wildlife habitat needs.

Trees are harvested to create different kinds of wildlife habitat. When a tree is removed, more sunlight reaches the young growth on the forest floor. Wildlife depends on this new growth for food and cover, and a well-managed forest keeps a balance of mature trees and new growth.

Ozark glades are found throughout the area. Glades are openings in the woods with rock at or near the surface and a thin soil covering. Unique plants and animals are found on glades.

During your visit to the area, you may notice forest management practices designed to improve tree growth, quality, and variety. These practices will improve wildlife habitat and help maintain watershed quality. Any physical disturbance is temporary.

Wildlife habitat management includes the creation of watering ponds and the conversion of old fields from fescue to native grasses. Shannon Ranch offers good hunting or nature photograpy.

Visitors interested in uncommon plants or striking geological features may want to explore one of the glade communities.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  Picnic tables and grills provided. 
Hiking  No designated trails, but opportunity to hike on interior access trails. 
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 Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good 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
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Two separate camp sites.  
Other   Scenic overlook. 
Parking Lot    
Picnic Table    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  11 3.00 acres  
Spring  5.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Intermittent  2.75 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 825.00  
Crop Land 8.00  
Glade 120.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 133.00  
Savanna 475.00  
Other 12.00 Roads 
Total Area Acres:1565.00 

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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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