Dr. Frederick Marshall Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Platte City, take Highway 92 west 3 miles, then North Farley Road south 3 miles.


This area is mixed forest, prairie, and savanna. Facilities/features: pond and permanent stream (Platte River).

About This Area

The Dr. Frederick Marshall Conservation Area is named for the original owner of this 168-acre farm in southwestern Platte County. It was donated by Mrs. Celia Miller Fitch, the great-granddaughter of Dr. Marshall in memorial to her grandfather in December 1999. Dr. Marshall was the first practicing physician in the Platte City area and was a well respected resident of Platte City (then Martinsville) from 1837 to 1861.

The area is located along North Farley Road approximately 2.5 miles north of Farley and three miles south of Highway 92. North Farley road provides the western boundary of the area with one-half mile of road frontage.

Elevations range from 760 feet along the Platte River to over 890 feet in the hills. The area includes bottomland and upland forests as well as prairie and savanna areas that are being restored.

The area is home to a variety of wildlife. Hunters can pursue rabbits, squirrel, quail, and turkey. Archers and muzzleloading firearm hunters will find fair numbers of deer on the area.

The diversity of natural communities present on the area provide excellent opportunities for bird watching, nature study, wildlife viewing, and outdoor photography.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Platte River, reward-tagged fish present, walk-in fishing only  
Fishing - Other Good population. Fishing for carp, buffalo, and gar good on Platte River. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair 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
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.20 acres Two small, fishless ponds provide a permanent source of water for wildlife. Each were built to water livestock before the property was acquired by the Missouri Department of Conservation.  
Stream - Permanent Platte River 0.50 miles The Platte River borders the Area to the east with 0.50 mile of river frontage.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 36.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 30.00 Restored native grass. 
Savanna 24.00 A restored savanna. 
Forest and Woodland 75.00  
Old Field 4.00  
Total Area Acres:169.31 

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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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