Honey Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

At the I-29 Fillmore exit (Exit 65), take Highway 59 south about 0.125 mile, then Route RA east to area entrance.

Highlights

The area is about half forest and also contains old fields, cropland and grassland.

About This Area

In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed two miles south of the area. Settlement here began on a large scale in 1826.

This region was part of the Platte Purchase, arranged by the U.S. government with the Indians in 1836. It was organized as Andrew County in 1841. At that time, about 20 percent of the county was in upland forest cover, mainly bur oak, white oak, red oak, black walnut, American elm, hickory, and basswood.

Along the rivers and streams, where the first settlement took place, the steeper slopes were in timber and the rounded knolls and ridgetops were either grassland or open timber with an understory of native grasses, mostly big and little bluestem and gamma grasses.

Honey Creek Conservation Area was purchased by the Department of Conservation in 1961, in part with funds derived through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Currently, farming and haying complement more intensive habitat development such as tree, shrub, and grass plantings, prescribed burning, discing, and timber management.

The area provides good fishing and camping opportunities along approximately 1.4 miles of Nodaway River frontage on the southwest corner of the area. Because of its large size and diversity of habitats, the Honey Creek Conservation Area is managed for multiple game and non-game wildlife species as well as numerous recreational uses.

General Information

Northwest

Andrew

816-271-3100

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Bicycles are permitted only on trails designated for their use and on roads and trails open to vehicular traffic, unless otherwise posted.  
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Nine campfire rings, 11 hitch rails. One camping area has eight hitching posts and six firerings.  
Canoeing  On the Nodaway River (difficult access) or fishless ponds.  
Demonstrations  Walnut tree planting. 
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Hiking  Hiking on multi-use trail and area service roads. Trail closed during firearms deer season and spring turkey season.       
Horseback Riding  Horses and horseback riding are permitted only on trails designated for their use and on roads and trails open to vehicular traffic, unless otherwise posted.  Trail closed during firearms deer season and spring turkey season.     
Hunting-Deer Good population. See Regulations.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
Hunting-Turkey Good population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  On the river. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Nine campfire rings, 11 hitch rails. One camping area has eight hitching post and six firerings.  
Parking Lotaccessible 10  1 ADA  
Picnic Table    
Privy/Restroomaccessible   

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  4.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Nodaway River 1.40 miles Walk in access  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 250.00  
Old Field 60.00  
Other 40.30  
Forest and Woodland 1098.00  
Total Area Acres:1448.30 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Multi-use trail A (Difficult) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 5.50 
Multi-use trail B (Difficult) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 7.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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