Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Take Highway 116, three miles east of Plattsburg, then travel north two miles on Highway 33, then east 0.50 mile on 280 Street to area entrance.


This area contains forest, pasture, and grassland.

About This Area

Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area is located in central Clinton County. In 1947, a group of outdoor enthusiasts (called the Clinton County Sportsmen's Club) purchased land from Mrs. A.C. Hartell, five miles northeast of Plattsburg, Missouri. Because of the membership's strong desire to have close-to-home fishing, the first two lakes on the area were built in 1950. The area includes seven lakes and stream frontage on the Little Platte River (Smith Fork).

For over 50 years, this was a popular area for club members to fish, picnic, and camp. As other recreational areas were developed in the area (i.e. Smithville Reservoir), interest in the club property declined. Dwindling membership and a desire to preserve this area for public fishing and outdoor educational opportunities prompted the Clinton County Sportsmen's Club to donate their property to the Missouri Department of Conservation in July 1999.

The area was named in honor of Ronald and Maude Hartell, two of the founding members of the Clinton County Sportsmen's Club, and area caretakers for many years.

The prominent features of the area are its six small impoundments ranging in size from two to five acres. Each impoundment is intensively managed with restrictive fishing regulations to provide high quality/trophy bass and bluegill fishing.

In addition to the trophy fishery, the area is highly geared to provide educational opportunities related to natural resources including teacher workshops, fishing clinics, demonstration sites, and interpretive trails.

Facilities on the area include an outdoor classsroom, three disabled accessible parking lots, a disabled accessible floating fishing dock, and two disabled accessible privies.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Bass Good population. Quality population of Largemouth Bass in all ponds on Area.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Quality population of Channel catfish in all ponds on Area.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population. Quality population of both black and white Crappie in all ponds on Area.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Quality population of Bluegill and Redear in all ponds on Area.  
Hiking  One-quarter mile interpretive hiking trail along the Little Platte River.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Other   Gravel ramps on Quiet Lake, Picnic Lake and Lunker Lake  
Dock - Fishingaccessible  Located on Picnic Lake. 
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  Located on Sunfish Lake. 
OtheraccessibleEducation Center   
Parking Lotaccessible  3 ADA  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Picnic Lake 5.10 acres Quality Largemouth Bass  
Fishing Lake or Pond Sunfish Lake 3.20 acres No public fishing. Aquatic resource education area. 
Fishing Lake or Pond Redear Lake 1.70 acres Quality Panfish  
Fishing Lake or Pond Quiet Lake 1.80 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Lunker Lake 3.20 acres Recent Fish kill - fish population low.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Quarry Lake 3.40 acres Quality Panfish.  
Named Wetland Wood Duck Slough 0.90 acres Aquatic resource education area wetland. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 18.40  
Forest and Woodland 10.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 82.80  
Total Area Acres:111.20 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Interpretive trail (Easy) Hiking (Interpretive) 0.25 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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