Buffalo Wallow Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Sheldon at exit 88 on I-49, go west on Route N, then (immediatley) take the Outer Road S south, Outer Road S swings west becoming NW 100th Road, then take NW 10th Lane south, and NW 80th Road east to the west side of the main tract, or NW 80th west to the 320 acre west tract.
To access the east side of the main tract, from Sheldon at the junction of Route B and 1st Street take 1st Street south, at the junction of S 1st Street and NW/NE 100th Road conitue south on NE Division Lane to the area.


Facilities/features: about 400 acres of native prairie and reconstructed prairie. The area also has woodlands, old fields, cropland, and streams.

About This Area

Buffalo Wallow Prairie Conservation Area is in Barton County, 8.5 miles north of Lamar. This area, now totaling 1,113 acres, combines the original 320-acre Buffalo Wallow Prairie Conservation Area (to the west), land purchases in 1993 and 1997 (central) and the previously named Catlin Prairie Conservation Area (to the east). The name originates from what appears to be the remains of a buffalo wallow on the area. The entire area, except for the wooded creeks and drainages was once prairie.

Before it became public land, much of the area was plowed for cropland. However, more than 400 acres of native prairie still exist and are managed for their rich plant and animal diversity. Approximately 250 acres of cropland are farmed by local farmers following conservation practices, and 200 acres of former cropland have been converted to native warm-season and cool-season grasses to provide food and cover for wildlife. This combination of native prairie, cropland, old fields, and wooded drainages makes this area rich in wildlife. Grassland birds, deer, rabbit, and quail are seen on the area, and turkeys frequent the wooded drainages.

The area's wildlife habitat is restored and improved with a combination of farming, prairie reconstruction, prescribed burns, haying, tree removal, discing, and shrub plantings.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Non-Stocked Pond  1.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent  2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 246.00  
Native Prairie 409.00  
Forest and Woodland 222.00  
Old Field 46.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 189.40  
Total Area Acres:1113.40 

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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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