Arrow-Wood Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Shelbina, take Highway 15 north 2.50 miles, just across and east of the Highway 15 bridge.


This area provides access to the the North Fork of the Salt River.

About This Area

Arrow-Wood Conservation Area is located near the center of Shelby County, 2.5 miles north of Shelbina. The conservation area is adjacent to Highway 15, and the North Fork Salt River runs through the 153-acre tract. Shelbyville, the county seat, is 4.5 miles north of the area.

The Department of Conservation purchased the property for Arrow-Wood Conservation Area in January 1988 primarily to protect the southern arrow-wood, Virburnum dentatum L. growing on the mostly wooded tract.

The area also provides opportunities for hunting and for access to the North Fork Salt River for stream fishing.

Southern arrow-wood is a small to medium sized white flowering shrub with long slender branches. Native Americans used the branches to make arrows. At the time of purchase, this site was one of the few known locations for this species of conservation concern. The acquisition has resulted in the protection of this southern arrow-wood population and will allow management to increase its size, health, and vigor. Selective harvesting and thinnings are conducted to improve conditions for southern arrow-wood.

The woodlands on Arrow-Wood Conservation Area are growing on river bottom sites and upland hill sites. A wide variety of trees and shrubs grow both adjacent to the river and on upland slopes. There are beautiful displays of spring wildflowers at the base of the bluffs above the river bottom.

Shortly after the property was purchased, an access was constructed to the North Fork Salt River. The access entrance road off of Highway 15 leads to a parking lot adjacent to the river. Determined users can launch small boats and canoes over the stream bank for river floating and fishing. The river meanders through the area for almost one mile allowing ample opportunity for bank fishing. Hunnewell Access is the next developed access downstream 19.75 miles and is located one mile west of the town of Hunnewell on U.S. Highway 36. Boaters should check locally on river water level and other conditions which might make floating difficult or dangerous.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(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 all firearms deer and turkey seasons. 
Canoeing  Undeveloped access to the North Fork of the Salt River. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair 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
Other Unimproved stream access  Determined users can launch small boats and canoes down the stream bank on the North Fork Salt River.  
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Southern Arrow-wood 0.00 count Southern Arrow-wood grows on the area (Viburnum Dentatum Var Deamii); considered endangered in MO. 
Stream - Permanent North Fork of the Salt River 0.80 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 3.00  
Forest and Woodland 150.00  
Total Area Acres:153.00 

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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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