Tingler Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From West Plains, take Highway 17 south about 6 miles, then County Road 9100 west to County Road 8110 and go south 0.33 mile to the access.


This area contains prairie and forest. Facilities/features: Tingler Lake (three acres) and permanent stream.

About This Area

One-half-mile of the South Fork of Spring River meanders through the east side of this 240-acre area. Approximately two-thirds of the area is open, and about 65 acres are classified as woodland.

The Conservation Department acquired the property for Tingler Prairie Conservation Area in 1987-88, following its purchase from the Mott Davis family by the Nature Conservancy. The area was purchased to preserve a 10-acre wet mesic prairie natural community, a shallow marsh and a five acre sinkhole pond (Tingler Lake) with its associated plant community, including the state endangered waterleaf. The wet mesic prairie is the site of two varieties of the state endangered green orchid. The shallow marsh is also an unusual plant community for the region. Other unique plants found here inlcude Hydrolia ovata and Habenaria flava.

Much of the open land was planted to fescue before the Nature Conservancy purchased the tract. Present management techniques include converting the fescue pasture to warm-season grasses and controlled burning of the existing prairie plant communities to maintain desirable native plant communities.

Area facilities are limited to one parking lot and three maintained trails; the Woodland, the Wetland, and the Prairie trails. The nature trail is not disabled-accessible.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Interpretive brochure available at parking lot.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  A variety of suites of birds may be observed including grassland birds in the prairie areas, forest/woodland species in the wooded areas, shore birds around the large sinkhole and in the open wet-mesic prairie, and bottomland/stream associates along the south fork of the Spring River. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. In the Spring River 
Hiking  A trail begins at the parking lot and has three loops. A small loop around the sinkhole pond, a longer loop around the prairie, and the longest loop through the woodland and along the river. An interpretive trail brochure is available at the area parking lot or from the Ozark Regional MDC office. 
Hunting-Deer Fair 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-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    
Viewing Deck/Tower    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Tingler Prairie 240.00 acres Natural areas provides additional information.  
Fishless Pond  5.00 acres  
Fishless Ponds Tingler Lake 3.00  Sinkhole pond. 
Stream - Permanent South Fork of the Spring River 0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 80.00  
Old Field 10.00  
Wetland 20.00  
Native Prairie 127.00 Wet/Mesic Prairies (20 Acres) 
Other 3.00 Fishless Pond 
Total Area Acres:240.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Prairie Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 
Wetland Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 
Woodland Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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