Bonanza Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Kingston, take Highway 13 south 2 miles, then Route F east 5 miles.


This area contains forest, old fields, cropland, and grassland. Facilities/features: primitive camping, fishable ponds, numerous fishless ponds, and four permanent streams (Crabapple Creek, Shoal Creek, Brush Creek, and Log Creek).

About This Area

The Conservation Department created this area in 1968 with the purchase of 1,024 acres from several landowners. Later acquisitions of 924 acres have increased the area's current size.

This conservation area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Pittman-Robertson funds are generated from a federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition.

Because of its size and diversity of habitat, Bonanza Conservation Area is managed for a wide range of game and nongame wildlife species. The area's open fields are managed by farming, haying and controlled burning. Other habitat management includes tree, shrub and grass plantings and selective timber harvest. Native grasses have been planted and managed to improve nesting habitat and winter cover.

A few streams run through the area; the largest of these are Shoal Creek and Crabapple Creek.

Bonanza Conservation Area is a quail emphasis area. This means additional emphasis is placed upon managing the area for early successional species such as Bobwhite quail.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(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   
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Numerous, small size largemouth with a few large individuals.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. Channel catfish. 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Bluegill. 
Horseback Riding  Trail head at parking lot #8 with trail 4.8 miles in length. Trail closed during firearms deer season and spring turkey season.  
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. Click on link to dove management map (available in August).  
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites  12  Parking lot area. 
Parking Lot  12   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  5.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  25 15.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Log creek 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Brush Creek 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Crabapple Creek 2.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Shoal Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 500.00  
Forest and Woodland 748.00  
Crop Land 360.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 320.00  
Lakes/Ponds 20.00  
Total Area Acres:1948.11 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Multi-use trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 4.80 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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