Saline Valley Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Eldon, take Route M southeast 2.30 miles.


This area is mostly forest. Facilities/features: a few fishable ponds and five permanent streams (Jack Buster Creek, Big Saline Creek, Little Saline Creek, Jim Henry Creek, and the Osage River).

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Cold Water marsh (Route M to Rock Hole Road) offers good viewing for wetland species and marsh habitat. The largest spring on the area is located here. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Seven camp sites. Fireplace rings provided.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Big Saline Creek.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. Big Saline Creek - Lower portion near Osage River.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Limited opportunities for bass and sunfish in fishing lake. 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Suckers, white bass - Lower portion of Big Saline Creek near the Osage River.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Big Saline Creek.  
Hiking  No designated trails. There are numerous service roads and field trails that can be hiked. 
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-Other  Special hunting provisions provided for the mobility impaired. Contact area manager or regional office for further information.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. Native Hickory and Pecan trees along Osage River drainage are good habitat for squirrel hunting.  
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   There are seven camp sites, each with fireplace rings.  
Parking Lotaccessible 11  Several of these parking lots offer access to permanent streams on the area but require a short to moderate hike. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  This privy is located at the designated camping area. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  5.00 acres Less than 5 acres.  
Non-Stocked Pond  4.00 acres Largest pond is three acres and accessible from Kings Bluff Access.  
Spring  1000.00 # gallons per day Spring feeds into a cold water marsh on the west end of the area off of Rock Hole Road.  
Stream - Permanent Osage River 1.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Jim Henry Creek 1.10 miles  
Stream - Permanent Little Saline Creek 1.80 miles  
Stream - Permanent Jack Buster Creek 1.10 miles  
Stream - Permanent Big Saline Creek 7.80 miles Big Saline Creek joins the Osage River at the 62.5 mile marker.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 3781.79  
Crop Land 250.00 Approximately 250 acres (varies each year) of crops planted by permitee farmer, this includes small acreages of sunflowers and dove management acres. 
Glade 117.00 Approximately 117 acres of glades scattered throughout the area mostly on ridge tops. Extensive glade restoration projects accomplished. 
Wetland 6.00 Cold water marsh, off of Rock Hole Road, expanded in size, this area features the spring. 
Old Field 738.00 Open fields scattered in bottoms and ridge tops throughout the area, some fields have been converted to Native Warm Season Grasses (NWSG) 
Total Area Acres:4892.22 

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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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