Wilbur Allen Memorial Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Manes, take Highway 95 north 1 mile, then Radford Drive west 1.50 miles.


This area contains forest, old fields, cropland, and grassland. Facilities/features: primitive camping, picnic area, and a permanent stream (Gasconade River).

About This Area

Wilbur Allen Memorial Conservation Area is located on a gravel road off Highway 95 about 20 miles northeast of Hartville in Wright County.

The area was named in honor of Mr. Wilbur Allen, the inventor of the compound bow. To commemorate Mr. Allen's contribution to archery, his family in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, established this area in 1981. Its purpose is to promote the sport of bow hunting by providing a place where deer are hunted exclusively by bow. (Other wildlife species may be taken with firearms during the prescribed season.)

The 380-acre tract is half forested. The remainder is planted with native grasses and other plants to benefit a large number of wildlife species.

One mile of the Gasconade River runs through the area, affording many recreational opportunities. This river is well known for its excellent smallmouth bass and goggle-eye fishing.

During your visit, you may view various forest improvement practices designed to improve tree growth, quality, and species composition. The practices also improve wildlife habitat and watershed quality. Wildlife habitat management includes the creation of watering ponds and the manipulation of fields within the forest to provide added food sources. Timber harvests also produce forage and cover for wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Canoeing  Gasconade River  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Goggle-eye 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 Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
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
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Gasconade River  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided.  
Parking Lot    
Picnic Table    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Permanent Gasconade River 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 10.00  
Old Field 61.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 35.00  
Forest and Woodland 253.00  
Total Area Acres:380.28 

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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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