Providence Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From the junction of Highway 96 and Highway 97 north of Stotts City, take Highway 97 north 6.50 miles, then Route NN west 1.50 miles, and County Road 1040 south 1 mile.


This area is mostly prairie with some cropland.

About This Area

Providence Prairie CA is 197 acres of native prairie, brushy draws, and reconstructed prairie located in northern Lawrence County. The prairie on the area represents only a small remnant of a much larger tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once dominated the landscape. The area still contains a wide variety of native prairie plant species including a showy wildlflower display during the spring and summer months. MDC staff manages the prairie with prescribed fire to promote a diverse prairie plant community and grazing to help control woody brush invasion. Grazing with cattle owned by local ranchers occurs on the area from May-July. Additionally, large trees that have grown up in wet areas and were historically not present on the area have been removed. Recreational opportunities include bird watching for a variety of grassland bird species and fair to good hunting for rabbit and quail.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Horseback riding is prohibited.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  A variety of grassland species can be expected during the summer. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Highlighted Activities  Good spring wildflower display during summer months.  
Hunting-Deer Fair 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 Good population.  

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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  0.01 acres  
Stream - Intermittent  0.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Other 17.00 Prairie reconstruction 
Other 10.00 Woody riparian 
Native Prairie 170.00 Prairie was named Providence because it appeared it was destined for the plow, but by Providence, it did not occur and MDC purchased the area. 
Total Area Acres:197.00 

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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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