Sunklands Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Summersville, take Highway 17 west, then Route K north 8 miles, then Route KB east. Watch for an area sign at the junction of Route KB and MDC Trail 360. The area can also be accessed by driving north of Eminence on Highway 19, then County Road 19-324 west 1 mile. Watch for the area sign.


This is a predominantly forested area with forest, woodlands, and glades. Facilities/features: Sunklands Natural Area, numerous small streams, and permanent stream (Current River).

About This Area

Few regions today preserve the wild and natural beauty of the Ozarks as well as Sunklands. Sunklands Conservation Area combined the former Sunklands-Burr Oak Basin Natural Area and Skunk Pond, Hartshorn, and Shannondale conservation areas with Kerr-McGee land.

Sunklands is valuable for its array of native plant and animal species. The area is the only known habitat in Missouri for monkshood, a showy purple wildflower.

Several upland ponds or sinkholes contain water and form a marshy area. The wetlands are rare and important homes to salamanders and other amphibians that require a fish-free habitat.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Area Manager can be contacted at the Eminence Work Office.
  • Normal office hours are 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.
  • A map of the Lower Ozarks which includes Sunklands CA is available at the Eminence Work Office on Highway 19 north of Eminence.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Forest interior species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Fishing - Bass Good population. Current River 
Fishing - Goggle-eye Fair population. In the Current River 
Fishing - Other Good population. Suckers in the Current River. 
Fishing - Trout Fair population. Barren Fork below Twin Springs (Blue Ribbon Area) 
Hiking  No designated trails, but good hiking opportunities along interior access trails and service roads. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population. Variable opportunity in open fields and managed fields. Check with area manager. 
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Variable opportunities in managed fields, glades and woodlands. Check with area manager. 
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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
Fire Tower Hartshorn Fire Tower   
Parking Lot   The southeast parking lot located 1.5 miles north of Ink, MO on County Road 325. To access west parking lot, take Hwy. K to County Road K-B and parking lot is located .2 miles east on MDC road 360. The east parking lot is located one mile west of Hwy. 19 on County Road 324.The Harrison Tract parking lot is .5 mile from Hwy. CC on County Road 19-258.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Sunklands Natural Area 5746.00 acres Additional natural area acres include: 36 acres owned by Frank B. Powell Lumber Co., Rolla; 63 acres owned by The Nature Conservancy; and 450 acres owned by the National Park Service. (Total designated natural area acreage = 6,295). Natural areas provides additional information.  
Fishless Pond  31 5.00 acres  
Spring Twin Springs 7109485.71 # gallons per day 11 CFS/day  
Stream - Intermittent Conway Hollow 0.70 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Brushy Hollow 0.30 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Broad Shoal Hollow 0.60 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Jones Hollow 0.90 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Wilhite Hollow 1.40 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Fillchew Hollow 0.10 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Dugan Hollow 0.10 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Sugar Tree Hollow 0.60 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Patterson Hollow 0.40 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Patton Hollow 0.50 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Little Field Hollow 1.40 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Mill Hollow 0.80 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Sugarcamp Hollow 0.20 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Hay Creek 0.70 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Big Hollow 0.20 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Sumac Valley 1.80 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Lewis Hollow 3.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Hieronymus Hollow 2.10 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Boyds Creek 5.20 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Pigeon Roost Hollow 1.30 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Wallace Hollow 0.90 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Carr Hollow 1.50 miles  
Stream - Intermittent McHenry Hollow 2.20 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Logfield Hollow 1.10 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Ink Hollow 0.30 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Wolf Hollow 3.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Fishtrap Hollow 0.30 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Low Gap Hollow 0.50 miles  
Stream - Intermittent River Hollow 0.50 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Footlog Hollow 1.40 miles  
Stream - Intermittent  34 38.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Grassy Hollow 1.50 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Click Hollow 0.90 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Stick Shoal Hollow 0.60 miles  
Stream - Intermittent George Hollow 1.20 miles  
Stream - Permanent Sinking Creek 0.29 miles  
Stream - Permanent Current River 2.60 miles  
Stream - Permanent Barren Fork 1.45 miles Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Two access points. Upper near Twin Springs, Highway 19 north of Eminence, East 3 miles on Highway A, South on County Road AD at Chrisco Cemetary. Lower area on the Harrison Tract 1/2 mile from Hwy. CC on County Road 258. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 40287.00  
Savanna 0.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 25.00  
Glade 405.00  
Old Field 91.00  
Total Area Acres:40809.57 

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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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