Carter Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Two tracts.

From Van Buren, take Highway 60 east 8 miles to the south tract which is on both sides of the highway.

From Van Buren, take Highway 60 east 5 miles, then Highway 21 north 1.50 miles, then County Road 21-306 west 0.25 to the north tract.


This is a forest area with a permanent stream (Bear Spring).

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Forest Interior species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Unless otherwise posted. No amenities provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply.  
Demonstrations  Forest Management demo site available. Recent timber harvest could demonstrate proper Forest management. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Fall deer/turkey booklet.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
No Developed Facilities

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring Bear Spring 100.00 # gallons per day Empties into Bear Spring Hollow. Less than 100 CFS.  
Stream - Permanent Bear Spring Creek 0.25 miles Approx. 2 ft wide and 6 in. deep 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 406.00  
Total Area Acres:406.51 

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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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