Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Eureka, take Route W south, then Route FF west 4.30 miles. The area parking lot is on the north side (right) of the road approximately 0.40 mile past the intersection of John McKeever Road and Route FF.


This area is mostly forested with scattered old fields, limestone, sandstone, and dolimite outcroppings, scenic views of the Meramec River Valley, intermittent streams and a 3 acre fishing lake. A 3 mile hiking trail and an additional 0.50 mile hiking trail around Buder Lake gives opportunities to visit a scenic overlook and explore the area.

A monument recognizing the donation from the Glassberg family is located near the parking lot on the main entrance trail to the area.

About This Area

The 429-acre Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area is in north-central Jefferson County, about six miles south of Eureka.

The area was acquired in 2012 through a donation from the Mysun Foundation and the USDA Forest Service Forest Legacy Program.

This property helps to maintain and enhance the ecological and recreational values of the LaBarque Creek Watershed, which supports a high quality stream system and diverse plant communities. The watershed lies in northwest Jefferson County and consists of 13 square miles of land with over half being publicly owned and over 86% of the area remaining forested.

As a result of the low level of development in the watershed and the protection efforts, the creek continues to support 52 species of fish, which is a diverse population that can be found no closer to the St. Louis area.

The area lies in the Ozark border region with soils derived from limestone and dolomite on the upper slopes and St. Peter sandstone in the valleys. As a result, there is a variety of plant communities, including upland dolomite/limestone woodlands, limestone/dolomite and sandstone forests, and bottomland forests along with old fields on the lower slopes. The woods are dominated by oaks, hickory, maple, and cedar with an understory of flowering dogwood and redbud.

The area is mostly forested and there are several intermittent streams and a three acre fishing lake and five additional fishless ponds. This property is bordered by the Meramec River to the north.

This area was opened October of 2012 and is one of the newest conservation areas in the St. Louis Region. 

General Information

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Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Especially good for forest interior and riparian species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Largemouth bass fishing in Buder Lake.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Bluegill  
Hiking  All trails are designated as "hiking only".  
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. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. Firearms firing single projectiles are prohibited.  
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.  
Nature Viewing  Opportunities exist for viewing of native plants and animals.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Buder Lake 3.00 acres This is a walk-in fishing lake approximately 0.5 miles from the parking lot.  
Wildlife Watering Hole  0.50 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 55.35  
Forest and Woodland 368.07  
Lakes/Ponds 5.05  
Other 0.27  
Total Area Acres:634.43 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Buder Lake (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.50 
Glassberg 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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