Little Compton Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Hale, take Highway 139 south 4 miles, then County Road 140 east 3 miles, then County Road 361 south to area entrance.


This area consists of old fields, grassland along with some forest and a 40 acre lake.

About This Area

Little Compton Lake Conservation Area is in northeastern Carroll County. This area includes 1.5 miles of frontage on the north bank of the Grand River and a 40-acre lake, which is managed to provide public fishing. The lake contains a variety of species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, carp, and buffalo. The Conservation Department purchased this area in 1983 to provide the public with good quality outdoor activities, which include fishing, hunting, and nature enjoyment.

The upland areas are managed to protect the lake's watershed and to provide upland game hunting. Approximately 120 acres of bottomland forest along the Grand River are managed to protect the river bank and to provide habitat for deer, turkey, and other forest wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided.  
Canoeing  Little Compton Lake and Grand River  
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population. Common carp and buffalo 
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. Bluegill 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
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. Click link to Area Regulations.     
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required- Contact Chris Freeman 660/646-6122  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Little Compton Lake  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Fishing Jetty/Platform    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Little Compton 40.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  0.84 acres  
Stream - Permanent Hurricane Creek 0.75 miles  
Stream - Permanent Grand River 1.50 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 45.00  
Old Field 129.00  
Forest and Woodland 130.00  
Lakes/Ponds 40.84  
Total Area Acres:344.84 

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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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