Little Indian Creek Conservation Area


Please note: All camping at Little Indian Creek is by Special Use Permit Only. Requests for a permit should be made by calling (636) 458-2236 ext. 4840. Ten days advance notice is required to secure permit.

Driving Directions

North entrance: From Highway 30, take Route K south across the Meramec River, then Old Route K left 0.50 mile, then Little Indian Creek Road 3 miles to the area sign.
South entrance to new shooting range: From I-44, take Highway 185 south 7 miles, then Route A east 6 miles to the area sign.


This is a forest area. Facilities/features: primitive camping, firearms range (includes shotgun), small fishing pond, and a permanent stream (Little Indian Creek).

About This Area

The Conservation Department purchased this property in 1978 from Oscar and Eloise W. Johnson, who had owned the land since 1928.

Before becoming a conservation area, the land was primarily used for pasture and timber production. Bottomland fields and some upland fields were row cropped and hayed. The Conservation Department now manages the area for a variety of uses and has implemented a number of different management techniques to create and improve habitat. During your visit to the area, you may view timber stand improvement, timber harvest, glade restoration, prescribed burning, and tree planting.

General Information

St. Louis



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  One multi-use trail. Closed to bicycles during fall firearms deer and spring turkey seasons.  
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  

There are six designated camping sites and two privies available. Camping by Special Use Permit Only.

Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Horseback Riding  One multi-use trail. Closed to horses during fall firearms deer and spring turkey seasons.  
Hunting-Deer Fair 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-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair 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 - closed Mondays 
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Otheraccessible  Unstaffed shooting range, 3 shooting distances (25, 50 and 100 yd) plus shotgun patterning range.  
Parking Lotaccessible   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other Small Fishing Pond 1.00 count Small Fishing Pond  
Stream - Intermittent Mule Barn Hollow 2.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Simmons Hollow 1.80 miles  
Stream - Permanent California Branch 1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Little Indian Creek 0.60 miles  
Wildlife Watering Hole  14 1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 68.00  
Forest and Woodland 3745.00  
Glade 55.00  
Old Field 45.00  
Lakes/Ponds 2.00  
Crop Land 20.00  
Other 3.18  
Total Area Acres:4164.59 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
East and West Loops Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 12.10 

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 Hr after sunrise to 1/2 hr before sunset

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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