Shoemaker Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Novinger, take Route O north 7 miles, then Spring Creek Road west, then Stahl Road south.


Mainly forested. Facilities/features: primitive camping and a permanent stream (Spring Creek).

About This Area

In 1989, 200 acres of the area's 259 acres were donated to the Conservation Department. An additional 59 acres were purchased in 2008 to improve access to Spring Creek.

The area is characterized by oak-hickory wooded hills with narrow ridges. Spring Creek cuts through the northern portion of the area.

Wildlife management includes manipulation of a ridge-top field by burning. The area supports good populations of deer, turkey, and squirrels.

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 firearms deer and turkey seasons. 
Hunting-Deer Good 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 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   Parking lots are located on Stahl Road and Spring Creek Road.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Spring Creek 1.00 miles Limited fishing opportunities.  
Wildlife Watering Hole  0.10 acres Wildlife watering pond.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 9.57  
Forest and Woodland 248.50 Upland forest 218 acres, Riparian forest 31 acres. 
Lakes/Ponds 0.50  
Total Area Acres:258.57 

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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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