University Forest Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Poplar Bluff to the main tract, take Highway 67 north 15 miles, then Highway 172 east 4.50 miles, and Route W south 3 miles.


This area is predominantly forest. Facilities/features: intermittent stream (Bluewater Creek) and numerous fishless ponds.

About This Area

University Forest Conservation Area is in Wayne and Butler counties. The area is located near the south side of Lake Wappapello and is approximately 10 miles north of Poplar Bluff. Visitors can acess the area from Routes W, KK, and T in Butler County and Highway 172 and Route W in Wayne County.

This 7,149-acre area was originally endowed to the University of Missouri by the federal government as part of the Agriculture College Act of 1862. The School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife took responsibility for the area in the early 1900s and in 1946 began managing the area for research and as a forestry summer camp. The Conservation Department acquired the area in 1988 for the purposes of continuing forest research, creating forest products, woodland related recreation opportunities for the public, and to demonstrate the effects of forest management.

The area primarily consists of oak-hickory forest with a scattering of shortleaf pine forest. Tree species include black oak, scarlet oak, hickory, maple, and dogwood. The forest provides habitat for deer, turkey, pileated woodpeckers, squirrels, and other typical Ozark wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Demonstrations  Forest management activities throughout the area. 
Hiking  Nineteen miles of multi-use trails. 
Horseback Riding   
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  By special use permit 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  35 0.25 acres Fishless ponds 0.25 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Bluewater Creek 0.25 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Asher Creek 0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 7117.47  
Grassland (non-prairie) 30.00  
Crop Land 2.00  
Total Area Acres:7151.47 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
University Forest Trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 19.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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