Wilhelmina Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Campbell, take Highway 53 north, then Route DD west 4.50 miles.


This area is mostly forest with some cropland. It contains a portion of the old channel of the St. Francis River.

About This Area

Wilhelmina Conservation Area is located about six miles southeast of Qulin and lies in both Butler and Dunklin counties. The Butler County portion of the area lies two miles south of Highway 53 and is accessible off County Road 220 via an unimproved dirt road. The Dunklin County land is bisected by Route DD and several county roads.

This 1,476-acre conservation area is named after the small town of Wilhelmina, which is partially surrounded by Department-owned land. Purchased between 1980 and 1987 with Conservation Department funds, Wilhelmina Conservation Area fills a void in a region that previously had very little public land.

Part of the area lies along the channel of the St. Francis River. The river has been diverted into the Wilhelmina Cutoff and the old river channel has become a backwater slough. The cutoff also passes through the Wilhelmina Conservation Area.

Forested areas are dominated by bottomland hardwood tree species including bald cypress, water tupelo, red maple, water hickory, green ash, willow, pin oak, overcup oak, and willow oak.

During your visit to the area, you may see various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and to maintain watershed quality. Any disturbance is only temporary, and the normal aesthetic appearance will soon return.

Wildlife management includes manipulation of fields within the forest to provide added food sources. Open areas are maintained to supplement natural conditions. Timber harvests are also an important element in the production of forage and cover to create suitable wildlife habitat for the greatest diversity of game and non-game species.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Canoeing  Old St. Francis River channel, requires 0.25 mile portage to access water from end of road on north unit of state land.  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Other  48.00 count Old sloughs, cutoffs, etc.  
Stream - Permanent Old St. Francis River channel 2.00 miles Two miles of frontage  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 117.00  
Forest and Woodland 1358.75  
Total Area Acres:1519.75 

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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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