Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area


Amarugia Lake is closed to fishing for lake renovation. The lake will be restocked once construction is completed. This process will take several years.

Driving Directions

From I-49/Highway 71 at Archie, take Route A west 5 miles, then Route W north 4.50 miles to the area.


This area contains grassland, wetlands (95 acres), forest/woodlands, and old fields. Facilities/features: boat ramp, fishing jetty, Amarugia Lake (45 acres), and permanent streams (South Grand River and South Fork creek).

About This Area

Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area is located in a region once known as "The Kingdom of Amarugia," where a group of people formed their own government and had their own society. A series of prominent hills in this region is still known as the Amarugia Highlands. The hills in the southern portion of the Conservation Area are part of these highlands.

The 1,081-acre area was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1983. One of its main attractions is the man-made 45-acre Amarugia Lake, which was completed in 1987. The lake was stocked in 1988 with channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill. The area also has numerous small ponds and a short stretch of the South Grand River.

Terrain varies from bottomland open fields to rolling upland grasslands and woodlands. Open lands are managed for a variety of game and non-game wildlife species. Haying, cropping and controlled burning are used to maintain plant diversity in open areas. Habitat plantings include trees, shrubs and native grasses and forbs.

Disabled accessible fishing, parking and toilets are available on the area. A boat ramp is located on the lake.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri  Conservation Area Bird List.  
Canoeing  Amarugia Lake  
Field Trials with Special Use Permit   
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Good population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Very good population of Redear Sunfish 
Hiking  No designated 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.  
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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. 1:00 pm closure  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Amarugia Lake  
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible   
Parking Lotaccessible   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Amarugia Lake 45.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  12 5.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent South Grand River 0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent South Fork 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 230.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 442.00  
Lakes/Ponds 50.00  
Wetland 95.00  
Old Field 264.00  
Total Area Acres:1081.41 

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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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