Niawathe Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Lockwood, take Highway 97 north 8 miles, then Route E west 1 mile, and County Road 61 north 0.50 mile.


This is a 320-acre Designated Natural Area.

About This Area

Niawathe Prairie Conservation Area is located in Dade County, and covers 320 acres.

Niawathe Prairie CA is partially owned by The Nature Conservancy (160 acres). The MDC manages the entire area. This prairie is a designated Natural Area.

The area is a remnant prairie, composed of prairie grasses, forbs, and dissected by various brushy draws. Management efforts focus on minimizing competition from woody species and encouraging native forbs. This is achieved through various regimes of haying, grazing, and prescribed burning.

This prairie contains one of the most diverse plant communities in Missouri, which makes it attractive to many grassland bird species.

General Information




Owned by MDC,Leased

  • No hunting, fishing, or trapping.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Nature Viewing  Many species of wildflowers can be viewed during the summer months. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Niawathe Prairie Natural Area 240.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 320.00  
Total Area Acres:319.52 

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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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