LaBarque Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Eureka, take Highway 109 south to Route FF west, then Route F south approximately 100 feet, then Doc Sargent Road west, then Valley Drive south about 0.50 mile to the parking lot.


The LaBarque watershed has a great variety of terrestrial natural communities, including small sandstone glades, acid seeps, forested fens and many kinds of woodland.

Several neotropical migratory bird species depend on this large forest for breeding habitat.

The watershed is a refuge for rare and habitat-specific plants, including some species of conservation concern.

A riparian community buffers LaBarque Creek, and its clear waters indicate its watershed's integrity. At least 54 species of fish live in the creek. This diversity is almost three times greater than that of any other Meramec River tributary below LaBarque, and LaBarque may soon be considered an "Outstanding State Resource Water."

General Information

St. Louis



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good opportunity for forest interior songbirds and riparian species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. No single projectiles allowed. 
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.  
Nature Viewing  The sandstone cliffs and outcroppings provide scenic views. The seasonal waterfalls are unique in the St. Louis area. 
Trapping with Special Use Permit  By Special Use Permit only, contact area manager.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot   Parking lot located off of Valley Drive which is off of Doc Sargent Road. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area LaBarque Creek Natural Area 639.00 acres Natural areas provides additional information.  
Other Seasonal waterfalls 0.00 count  
Stream - Permanent LaBarque Creek 5.10 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 1248.50  
Glade 20.00  
Other 1.00 Parking lot 
Total Area Acres:1269.58 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
LaBarque Creek Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 3.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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