Flag Spring Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Washburn, take Route UU northwest 1.75 miles, then the first public gravel road west 3 miles.


This area is mainly forestland. Facilities/features: primitive camping, firearms range (range may be shut down for a short period on Mondays for maintenance), 13 fishless ponds, and Flag Spring.

About This Area

Flag Spring Conservation Area is in Barry and McDonald counties, west of Washburn. The Conservation Department acquired the land for this 3,946-acre area between 1983 and 1992.

The area is primarily forested, with oak, hickory, eastern red cedar, and other species native to the region common.

Flag Spring, located on the west side of the property, flows year-round.

Deer and squirrels are relatively abundant. Wild turkeys have been stocked on the area and are now present in good numbers.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  On multi-use trail. 
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Camping - Primitive Area  No amenities provided. 
Hiking  On multi-use trail. 
Horseback Riding  On multi-use trail. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Other Flag Spring Shooting Range  Unmanned shooting range. Shooting benches for 25, 50 and 100 yds. Use paper targets only. Seperate shot gun field lies northwest of the main range. The range may be shut down for a short period on Monday for maintenance.  
Parking Lot  12   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  13 3.00 acres  
Spring Flag Spring 1.00 # gallons per day 200 GPM year round 
Spring  1.00 # gallons per day  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Old Field 60.00  
Other 20.50  
Forest and Woodland 3860.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 60.00  
Glade 35.00  
Total Area Acres:4035.50 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Multi-use trail Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 11.30 

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Shooting Range General Information


N36* 36.384




1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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