Mudpuppy Conservation Area


The area is now open to vehicle traffic.

Driving Directions

From Doniphan, take Highway 160 east 6 miles, then Route BB north 4 miles.


Facilities/features: fishable pond (one acre), intermittent stream (Flat Creek), and a permanent Stream (Little Black River).

About This Area

Mudpuppy Conservation Area consists of 1,404 acres in Ripley County at the end of Route BB. The primary purpose of the acquisition was to manage a rare mussel species that occurred in this stretch of the Little Black River.

Starting near the end of the 19th century the Grandin Mill extensively harvested pine in this area. An active sawmill was also located a few miles downstream from the area in the community of King Bee. Some of the bottomland forests were eventually cleared for agriculture and were growing corn and soybeans when purchased by the Department in 1988.

An important aquatic resource on Mudpuppy Conservation Area is the Little Black River.  This 3.5 mile stretch of river has been designated an Outstanding State Water Resource by the Department of Natural Resources.

Approximately 1,300 acres of Mudpuppy Conservation Area is forested. Two-hundred of these acres are old fields that have been planted or naturally regenerated in the last 10 years. Approximately 60% of the forested acres are upland forest. Common tree species in the uplands include white oak, black oak, Southern red oak, post oak, shortleaf pine, and mockernut hickory. The bottomlands have higher species diversity and include sugar maple, bitternut hickory, green ash, black walnut, sycamore, sweetgum, white oak, shumard oak and bur oak.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Unless otherwise posted. No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Canoeing  Little Black River   
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Suckers  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair 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. Swamp rabbits are common  
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
Parking Lot    
Picnic Table    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Spiderlily Natural Area 353.70 acres Unique riparian zone natural area.  
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  0.10 acres Wildlife watering hole  
Stream - Intermittent  5.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Flat Creek 0.20 miles  
Stream - Permanent Little Black River 4.91 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 300.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00  
Wetland 5.00  
Forest and Woodland 1098.00  
Total Area Acres:1404.23 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Trout Lily Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.25 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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