William R. Logan Conservation Area


NOTE: The Logan gate closes from October 1 through the end of Spring Turkey season. The gate closes due to the relative small size of the area and the high pressure during deer season. Also, the steep gravel roads are not maintained in the winter and vehicle traffic on the steep roads is dangerous.

Driving Directions

From Troy, take Highway 61 north 10 miles, then Route E west 0.25 mile, and Route RA north 3 miles to the largest tract. The smaller western tract is north of Silex on Route UU, then west on County Road 248.


This area is mostly forest with a firearms range and several fishable ponds.

About This Area

William R. Logan Conservation Area is in Lincoln County, five miles north of Silex. The 1,798-acre area includes 1,417 acres of timber, 350 acres of open fields, 29 acres of lakes/ponds, and a creek.

The Conservation Department acquired this property from William R. Logan in 1968 in part with Pittman-Robertson funds from the federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition.

The rolling topography of the area represents a transition zone between Mississippi River hills and upland prairie. Boulder and rock outcrops are commonly found here.

Timber on the area varies from bottomland hardwoods to typical upland oak-hickory species. Bottomland species include cottonwoods, sycamore, maple, hackberry, elm, walnut, and butternut. The upland regions contain several species of white oak, red oak, and hickory groups. Signs of past timber grazing and burns are evident.

Management of the William R. Logan Conservation Area focuses on providing food and cover for the area's abundant wildlife. Tree, shrub, food plot, and native grass plantings increase habitat diversity.

General Information

St. Louis



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Designated natural surface trail available.  See map for location of the biking trail.  
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Three designated campgrounds with parking pads, privies, and fire pits. No other amenities available.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
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 Good population. Dove hunting by statewide regulations except during the month of September dove hunters must possess a valid area daily hunting tag while hunting and must accurately report their harvest immediately upon completing their hunting trip.  Area daily hunting tags will be available on the area.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population.  
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.  
Other  Shooting Range 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   Three designated campgrounds with parking pads, privies, and fire pits. No other amenities available.  
OtheraccessibleShooting Range  Unstaffed rifle and trap range. Rifle/handgun portion is disabled accessible.  
Parking Lot  10   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  29.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  13 4.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent  2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 52.00  
Old Field 163.00  
Lakes/Ponds 29.00 Small fishing lakes - Lake 1 through Lake 7. 
Forest and Woodland 1417.00  
Crop Land 135.00  
Other 1.68  
Total Area Acres:1797.68 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Logan Hiking & Biking Trail (Easy) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike) 4.20 

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Shooting range is closed on Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for maintenance.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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