Montrose Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Montrose, take Highway HH north 1.50 miles, then SW 1151 (RA) north 1 mile to area headquarters.


This is a predominantly wetlands area with forest, some old fields and a small prairie. Facilities/features: boat ramp, primitive camping, 14 waterfowl blinds, and two wade and shoot opportunities, Montrose Lake (1,600 acres).

About This Area

In the early 1950's, a utility company bought nearly 4,000 acres of land along Deepwater Creek in Henry County as a site for a coal fired electrical generating plant and created a 1,600 acre lake to provide the water necessary to cool the plant. In 1957, the company leased land to the Missouri Department of Conservation for public use.  A new lease was given to the Missouri Department of Conservation in August of 2007.  The current lease totals 2,750 acres and will continue to be managed for public use. 

Montrose Lake, with its flow of warm water from the generating plant, offers good fishing especially for catfish. Over the years, it has also become a favorite of waterfowl and spectacular concentrations of ducks and geese visit the area each winter.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC,Leased

  • Use or possession of lead shot prohibited.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Especially Wetland Migrants. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Canoeing  Flat water only - Montrose Lake  
Fishing - Bass Fair population. See area regulations.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population. See area regulations.  
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.  
Hunting-Quail Good population. See area regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population. See area regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. See area regulations.  
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 – Morning Draw Good population. Hunting blinds allocated in a daily drawing and a valid daily permit required - other special regs.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete Montrose Lake   
Boat Ramp - Lake - Other   Montrose Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Hunting Blind - WaterfowlaccessibleBlind11  Disabled hunters should call the area HQ to reserve the blind in advance, (660) 693-4666.    
Hunting Blind - Waterfowl  13   
Parking Lotaccessible  1-Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Montrose Lake 1600.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond Story Hill Pit 5.50 acres  
Stream - Permanent Grandaddy Creek 0.75 miles  
Stream - Permanent Deepwater Creek 3.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Camp Branch Creek 0.75 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 500.00  
Native Prairie 5.00  
Wetland 300.00 This includes 100 acres of seasonally flooded managed wetlands 
Grassland (non-prairie) 75.00  
Lakes/Ponds 1600.00  
Crop Land 95.00  
Old Field 125.00  
Other 50.00 This includes parking areas, building sites, etc. 
Total Area Acres:2750.00 

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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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