Crowleys Ridge Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Puxico, take Route PP east 10 miles, then County Road 237 south 1 mile.


This area contains old fields, forest and cropland. Facilities/features: primitive camping and several fishable ponds.

About This Area

Crowleys Ridge Conservation Area is in Stoddard County, 10 miles east of Puxico.

Surrounded by the lowlands of the Missouri Bootheel, this 1,878-acre area sits on the elevated land formation known as Crowleys Ridge. This ridge, named after an early settler, begins southwest of Cape Girardeau and extends about 200 miles to Helena, Arkansas. Crowleys Ridge is a peninsula of rolling hills rising 250 feet above the lowlands.

The area is highly fertile due to alluvial river deposits, and it supports many wildlife species including small game, deer, and turkey.

Prescribed burning, discing, timber stand improvement, edgefeathering, and farming are all used to create and maintain early successional habitats to benefit small game especially bobwhite quail.

The area also features two small lakes and several small ponds stocked annually with channel catfish.

Crowleys Ridge Conservation Area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  The area offers good birding opportunities for sighting open land and shrub land species, as well as spring and fall migrants using woodland and forest. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Primitive camping at designated camp site.  No amenities are provided.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  Although there are no designated hiking trails, the grass access lanes and roads offer good hiking opportunities 
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. Special dove hunting regulations may apply.  See Bulletin boards in parking lots for more information.  
Hunting-Quail Good population. Quail may be taken only by holders of the prescribed hunting permit and a valid area daily hunting tag available at each parking lot on the area.  Hunters must check out at a parking lot immediately after the close of their hunting trip.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good 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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #1 3.00 acres This 3 acre pond is annually stocked with channel catfish.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #2 5.00 acres This 5 acre pond is annually stocked with channel catfish.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #3 1.00 acres 1 acre  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #4 0.70 acres 0.7 acre  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #5 0.60 acres 0.6 acre 
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #6 0.80 acres 0.8 acre  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 981.00  
Lakes/Ponds 8.00  
Crop Land 377.00  
Forest and Woodland 470.00  
Total Area Acres:1878.00 

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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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