Lamine River Conservation Area

Driving Directions

Lamine River Conservation Area has five tracts. From Otterville, take Route A east 1 mile. Highway 50 at the Lamine River provides access. Please see map for additional access.


This 6,017 acre area has a unique combination of river, floodplain, rolling uplands, and steep river bluffs. The Lamine River is a signature feature of the area, meandering through bottomlands of forest, cropfields, oldfields, and small wetlands. Uplands have woodland tracts, and a mix of oldfields and grassland areas often divided by brushy draws and scattered ponds.

Facilities/Features: boat ramp, primitive camping, nine fishing lakes with 19 acres of fishable water, three miles of intermittent streams, and 12 miles of Lamine River.

About This Area

Lamine River Conservation Area is in Cooper and Morgan counties, east of Otterville and easily accessed by Highway 50 and Route A, which bisect the area.

The Lamine River, formed by the confluence of Richland and Flat creeks, at the south end of the area, was first named Riviere a la Mine, or River of the Mine; by a prospecting party under Phillip Renault, Director-General of the French colonies in America, as early as 1723.

During the Civil War, La Mine crossing was a location where the railroad bridge crossed the river just east of Otterville. The railroad and bridge was of strategic importance for Union Supplies and in 1861 Union Troops dug entrenchments to protect the bridge crossing. A Department of Natural Resources kiosk located on the area immediately west of the Lamine River bridge displays the historical account of the Civil War events and Union entrenchments.

The Lamine River Area is located where an interesting combination of land types merge. The rolling farm ground east and west of the area were historically prairies separated by the Lamine River valley. A more rugged Ozark, savanna woodland land type is found on the south end of the area, while a forest hills land type occurs as one moves to the north end of the area. The Lamine River is a transition stream displaying characteristics of both a prairie/farmland stream (Flat Creek) and an Ozark type gravel bottom pool/riffle stream (Richland Creek).

The landscape variety lends variety in management. Area users can expect to see prescribed burning, discing, chainsaw edgefeathering, brushpile construction, fescue conversion, and control of undesirable and invasive plants as part of the area management. Agricultural practices of rowcrop farming, planting foodplots, haying, overseeding legumes, and planting warmseason grasses, native wildflowers or forbs are used to create and manipulate desirable habitat and wildlife food during the year.

The Lamine River area offers great opportunity for seasonal viewing of migrating birds. The rivers, streams and ponds offer the leisure of bank fishing and wildlife viewing, or wade fishing, float fishing, or canoeing for the more ambitious. Hunting of rabbits, squirrels, quail, woodcock, waterfowl, turkey and deer is a popular pastime. But just spending time outdoors is as good excuse as any to visit the Lamine River Conservation Area.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Spring migrations offer good songbird watching. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Cooper County. Morgan County.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Four primitive camping areas. No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Lamine River has a series of pools and riffles so dragging canoes should be expected. A boat ramp on Route A provides good launch access.  
Exhibits/Displays  DNR/Cooper County Historical Society Civil War Entrenchment Display at boat ramp parking lot at Lamine River on Route A.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Area Ponds 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Area Ponds and Permanent Streams 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Streams offer wade or float fishing for bass and sunfish 
Fishing - Other Good population. Carp, Drum, Buffalo in Permanent Streams 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Area Ponds 
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. Dove hunting is seasonally dependant upon crops raised to attract migrating birds.  
Hunting-Other  Special hunting provisions provided for the mobility impaired although the number is limited. Contact area manager or regional office for further information.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population. Lamine River is a quail emphasis area where additional emphasis is placed upon managing the area for early successional species such as Bobwhite quail.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population. Scattered brushpiles and edgefeathered field edges offer good conditions for rabbits. 
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. The best opportunities occur with early season jumpshooting or float hunting. Small wetlands offer seasonal hunting opportunity. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete   Access provided to Lamine River at Route A east of Otterville.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided.  
Parking Lot  20   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  20.00 acres Fishable ponds are noted in the map legend and most are associated with parking lots 3, 4, 12, 13, and 17  
Non-Stocked Pond  20 7.00 acres Not stocked with bass, bluegill or catfish but may have green sunfish, bullheads or other fish present  
Stream - Intermittent  6.00 miles Clear Branch-.9 m; Harlan Creek-1.1 m; Long Branch-.4 m; S. Evans-.6 m; H. Hills-1.4 m; Niehart East-.9 m 
Stream - Permanent Lamine River 12.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Richland Creek 1.60 miles  
Stream - Permanent Otter Creek 1.25 miles  
Stream - Permanent Flat Creek 0.40 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 2140.00  
Wetland 258.00  
Glade 15.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 287.00  
Lakes/Ponds 27.00 Nine fishable ponds totalling 20 acres. Twenty wildlife watering holes totalling 7 acres. 
Crop Land 1552.00  
Savanna 135.00  
Old Field 1603.00  
Total Area Acres:6018.86 

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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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