McPike Access


Due to recent changes in area regulations, please refer to Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for additional details.

Driving Directions

From Emerson (Route M in Marion County), take County Road 137 northeast 1.50 miles.


This forest and old fields area offers access to Troublesome Creek.

About This Area

The 78 acre McPike Access was purchased for use as a public fishing access in November 1994. This area provides good bank and wade fishing opportunities.

McPike Access is named for the McPike family which was among the first settlers in this area. Members of this respected family were leaders in the community and included farmers, doctors, lawyers, judges, and legislators. The McPike family played a major role in the development of the local community and Marion County.

Troublesome Creek is classified as a high quality, prairie headwater stream and is one of the best examples of this stream type remaining in north Missouri. McPike Access is the only Department area on this unique stream.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • For information contact MDC, 8965 Hwy 36, Suite 1, Hannibal, MO 63401 573-248-2530

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed on or adjacent to area parking lots. No camping along roadways. No amenities provided.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Except during all firearms deer and turkey seasons.  
Canoeing  Troublesome Creek   
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair 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
Stream - Permanent Troublesome Creek 0.74 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 20.00  
Other 0.57  
Old Field 20.00  
Forest and Woodland 38.00  
Total Area Acres:78.57 

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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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