Happy Holler Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

The area is composed of three tracts. Lake entrance: from Savannah, take Route E east 4 miles, then Route D north 6 miles to the parking lot. Refer to map for directions to tracts 2 and 3.


The area contains old fields, grassland, cropland, and forest.

About This Area

The Conservation Department established the Happy Holler area in 1980 with the purchase of 622 acres, primarily along the One Hundred and Two River. With subsequent purchases, the area has grown to it's present size. A portion of the area has traditionally been known as "Happy Holler."

Open fields are managed with farming, haying, prescribed burning, and discing. Wetland and timber management are also practiced here as is intensive habitat development through tree, shrub, and grass plantings.

The area provides both upland and bottomland habitat for wildlife. Because of its large size and land diversity, the area is managed for multiple game and non-game species and for a variety of public uses consistent with resource management.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping on 9 parking lots. Three on tract 1. Six on tracts 2&3. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  On lake, ponds and One Hundred Two River. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  No designated trails. 
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-Pheasant Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair 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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. On Happy Holler lake and the 102 River.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concreteaccessible  Happy Holler Lake   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Dock - Boat/Courtesyaccessible   
Dock - Fishingaccessible   
Fishing Jetty/Platform   Gravel-topped fishing jetties. 
Parking Lotaccessible 20  1 ADA  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Happy Holler Lake 67.00 acres Open March 1, 2001. 
Fishing Lake or Pond  15.00 acres Pond numbers 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8  
Stream - Permanent One Hundred and Two River 5.80 miles Tracts 2 and 3  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 300.00  
Wetland 70.00  
Forest and Woodland 700.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 700.00  
Old Field 300.00  
Savanna 20.00  
Lakes/Ponds 85.00  
Other 32.49  
Total Area Acres:2207.49 

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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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