Douglas Branch Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Nevada, take I-49/Highway 71 north 3 miles, at the Compton Junction exit take Route M east 0.20 mile, then outer road Infantry Pass north, and Indian Line Road west over highway to the parking lot.


This area contains prairie, cropland, forest, pasture, and some wetlands. There are two fishable ponds (three acres total).

About This Area

This 511-acre area contains good examples of wet-mesic bottomland woodland and wet prairie, both declining habitats.

The complex of seasonal wetland habitat provides birding opportunities for species of marsh and shorebirds, as well as species such as the sedge wren, associated with the prairie community.

This area has been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBAs are sites that have been identified by Audubon as those that are the most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present. To find out more about the IBA program, visit Audubon Missouri.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

  • For questions regarding specific area information or regulations please contact the Four Rivers Area Headquarters, (417) 395-2341. If no one is in the office, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. If there is no one at Four Rivers and you need to speak to someone immediately, please call the El Dorado Springs office at (417) 876-5226.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
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 Good population. One or two small sunflower fields (less than 15 acres) are planted and manipulated for dove hunting. 
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 1.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 2 2.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Douglas Branch 2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 220.00  
Lakes/Ponds 5.00  
Native Prairie 125.00 Remnant wet prairie 
Crop Land 60.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 54.00  
Old Field 46.00  
Other 1.00  
Total Area Acres:511.00 

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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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