Kings Prairie Access

Driving Directions

From Osceola, take Highway 13 south 4 miles, then Route T east 2.50 miles.

Highlights

This area contains forest and cropland. Facilities/features: permanent stream (Weaubleau Creek).

About This Area

Kings Prairie Access is in southeastern St. Clair County, 2.50 miles east of Vista, on Route T. The access lies inside a one-mile long bend of Weaubleau Creek, a clear water Ozark stream.

The 286-acre Kings Prairie Access is a mosaic of crop fields, warm-season grass plantings, timber, and old fields. Savanna, glade, and woodland communities dominate the upland sites of this area. Restoration efforts are underway, including tree removal and prescribed burning.

Weaubleau Creek meanders through eastern St. Clair County before becoming a part of Harry S Truman Reservoir. Weaubleau Creek contains a diversity of aquatic life with bottomland woodland adjoining the creek. The creek is characterized by scattered, deep pools connected by shallow, fast flowing riffles. Small boats can be hand-launched at the access parking lot (light boat useage) motorless craft that can be dragged over the riffles.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has completed two streambank erosion control projects to reduce excessive erosion on portions of Weaubleau Creek that fall within Kings Prairie Access.

Most of the year, wading or bank fishing is the most enjoyable way of experiencing the excellent black bass and channel catfish fisheries.

Wildlife on the area includes beaver, turkey, deer, quail, rabbits, squirrels, herons, bank swallows, and belted kingfishers, as well as various reptiles and amphibians. An occasional bald eagle can be seen during the winter months along Weaubleau Creek.

General Information

Kansas City

Saint Clair

660-885-6981

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Bald eagles are commonly seen in the winter. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Camping allowed along interior roads and parking lots only during Firearms Deer Season. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Suitable for canoeing during high flow in Weaubleau Creek.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Weaubleau Creek 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Fall deer/turkey booklet.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Wetland Weaubleau Slough 1.00 acres Detached slough near Weaubleau Creek.  
Stream - Permanent Weaubleau Creek 1.20 miles Small population of black nose shiners found in upper watershed  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 102.00  
Forest and Woodland 170.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 5.00  
Total Area Acres:285.00 

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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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