Moniteau Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Columbia, take I-70 west to Highway 40, from Highway 40 take Route J north, and Route EE west, then Route A to the area.


This area contains forest, old fields, cropland, pasture, wetlands and prairie. Facilities/features: primitive camping, recently renovated two-acre pond open to fishing, permanent stream (Moniteau Creek).

About This Area

Moniteau Creek Conservation Area is in Howard County, not far from Harrisburg. To reach the area take Route A south from Highway 124. From Columbia, take I-70 west to Highway 40 to Route J north and turn west on Route EE. At the intersection with Route W, Route EE becomes Route A. Part of the area is accessible only by taking Route A to Route W.

Moniteau Creek Conservation Area contains 844 acres and has irregular boundaries. The area is bisected by 2.25 miles of Moniteau Creek. The creek is subject to seasonal flooding and often overflows its banks. About 30 percent of the area is in timber, including bottomland hardwoods. The rest of the area is primarily open grasslands, although it also contains small wetlands.

The area provides good access to Moniteau Creek, which is deep and meandering and provides good fishing opportunities.

The Conservation Department is managing the area primarily for wildlife species associated with grasslands. Cool season grasses will include timothy and orchard grass, to which lespedeza has been added. Other acreage will be converted to warm-season grasses such as big & little bluestem and wildflowers such as pale purple coneflower and blazing star. To provide mast and diversify the habitat, pin oak, bur oak, and swamp white oak will be planted in some of the bottomland.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Shallow wetlands/mudflats and riparian zones provide birding opportunities during migrations. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Stream 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Catfishing is good in the pond and Moniteau Creek. 
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. Stream 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Stream 
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. Dove hunting depends on the quality of dove fields. 
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Good population. Small wetlands, flight day dependent. Rainfall dependent for flooding. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Lake 1 2.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Moniteau Creek 2.25 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 98.00  
Old Field 200.00  
Native Prairie 248.00  
Forest and Woodland 165.00  
Wetland 25.00 Water control structures added in 2001. 
Lakes/Ponds 2.00 Renovated in 2001. Opened to fishing in 2006. 
Crop Land 106.00  
Total Area Acres:844.00 

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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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