White Ranch Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From West Plains, take Highway 17 south 7.50 miles, then County Road 8390 south 5 miles to the area.


This area is predominantly forest. Facilities/features: primitive camping, picnic area, 15 trails, firearms range, and permanent stream (South Fork of the Spring River).

About This Area

White Ranch Conservation Area is located in Howell County, approximately 11 miles south of West Plains. White Ranch is the local name for a region of land previously owned by Harry White. The 6,614-acre area is mostly forested.

Visitors to the area will find abundant populations of deer, turkey, and other forest wildlife species. The area offers fishing opportunities along the South Fork of the Spring River and at White Ranch Lake.

A shooting range is located near the end of Trail #6. Its facilities include a 50- and 100-yard rifle range, plus an area set aside for shotguns. The parking lot, ranges, and public restrooms are accessible to disabled users.

During your visit to the area, you may notice various forest management activities that are designed to improve tree growth, quality, and species composition. These practices also improve wildlife habitat and watershed quality.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping areas at parking lots. No amenities are provided. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good 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-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good 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
Boat Ramp - Lake - Other   Gravel boat ramp at White Ranch Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   18 designated primitive camping areas at parking lots. No amenities are provided. 
OtheraccessibleShooting Range  Disabled-accessible shooting range 
Parking LotaccessibleShooting range parking  Gravel lot with concrete pad  
Parking Lot   Gravel parking lot  
Picnic Table    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Hopewell Prairie Fen 181.00 acres Only twenty prairie fens are currently known in Missouri. More information is available at the MDC natural areas page.  
Fishing Lake or Pond White Ranch Lake 6.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent South Fork of the Spring River 2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 6513.00  
Old Field 100.00  
Total Area Acres:6703.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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