Lick Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Columbia, take Highway 63 north 9 miles, then Highway 124 west 3 miles, then Oak Grove School Road north 1.80 miles.


Facilities/features: boat ramp, fishable lake (12 acres), and intermittent stream (Lick Creek).

About This Area

The Lick Creek Conservation Area, named for Lick Creek that runs through the area's west end, is made up of approximately 317 acres.

The area was farmed in the early part of the century until severe erosion and poor economic conditions forced farmers to abandon the area for crops. For about 30+ years from the 1930's to the late 1960's, the area was used for pasture for livestock. In 1968, Monte Gurwit purchased the area for recreational purposes. Later, in 1972, the current 12-acre lake was built. Missouri Department of Conservation did not purchase the area until 1992.

At one time, the area was bisected by an old county road and had a house on it just south of the lake near the parking lot. The natural resources include upland hardwoods, bottomland hardwoods, a 12-acre lake, Lick Creek, a four-acre pine plantation, and advanced old field succession.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Primitive Area  Primitive camping allowed year round. No amenities provided. 
Canoeing  Canoes may be used in the lake if desired. Lick Creek itself does not carry enough water for a canoe. 
Fishing - Bass Good population. Good for small bass. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Bluegill 
Hiking  One mile hiking trail around lake.  
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
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Lick Creek Lake   
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Lick Creek Lake 12.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Lick Creek 0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 265.00  
Old Field 34.00  
Lakes/Ponds 12.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 6.00 Contains native warm season grass. 
Total Area Acres:317.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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