Millstream Gardens Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Fredericktown: take Highway 72 west 8 miles to the area. South of the river: take Route D to the area.


This is a predominantly forest area consisting of 916 acres that includes 20 acres of shut-ins on the St. Francis River. Facilities/features: boat ramp, picnic area, pavilion, archery range, and St. Francis River Natural Area.

About This Area

Millstream Gardens Conservation Area is a 916-acre tract of land in Madison County, about halfway between Fredericktown and Arcadia, off of Highway 72.

The spectacular Tiemann Shut-ins are within the area's boundaries. The St. Francis River forms one of the area's western boundaries, then meanders eastward for 1.2 miles through the area's mid-southern section, before rushing through the shut-ins and passing into the Silver Mines area.

The area's woodlands are composed primarily of oak, hickory, and pine in the uplands, and ash, elm, and maple along the river border and its drainages.

The St. Francis River at Millstream Gardens and its wooded corridor is a part of Missouri's Natural Area System. This large stream contains an adjoining slough and large igneous shut-ins.

A wide variety of animals live here. Wildlife species such as white-tailed deer, turkey, and squirrel inhabit the uplands.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Access to the area south of the river is off Route D.
  • GPS Coordinates N37Deg34.295,W090Deg28.001

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Canoeing  Only for experts. River is class 3-4 rapids during seasons of highest precipitation. Not floatable at low water level. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Walleye and goggle-eye  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  One disabled accessible trail, two trails along river, no loop trails. 
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. Dove field management in some years. 
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.  
Nature Viewing   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other   Canoe/Kayak access only. Vehicles cannot back down to water level. Gravel boat ramp. 
Other Archery Range  There are 12 shooting targets, including one platform stand, at various points along the trail. 
Parking Lotaccessible  Two Gravel Parking Lots with concrete pads for disabled accessibility. Two gravel parking lots adjacent to archery range. One gravel parking lot as bus and overflow parking.  
Pavilionaccessible  Pavilion overlooks the river. Grill and picnic tables at pavilion. Also has disabled accessible picnic table.  
Picnic Tableaccessible  Located at Trailhead parking area. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Located near each main parking lot. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area St. Francis River Shut -Ins 40.00 acres Site of Missouri Whitewater races in March. Igneous rock formations create a series of rapids when the water level is high. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Stream - Permanent St. Francis River 1.25 miles Along this portion of the river, igneous rock formations create a series of rapids when the water level is high. Navigating this stretch of river should only be done by experienced canoe/kayak persons. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 535.00  
Old Field 162.00  
Total Area Acres:915.93 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Tiemann Shut-ins Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 1.00 
Turkey Creek Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 

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Shooting Range General Information







Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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