King Lake Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From King City, take Route Z east 5 miles, then CR 500 south 1 mile to the area.


This area contains grassland, old fields, cropland, and some forest and wetlands.

About This Area

King Lake Conservation Area is mostly in DeKalb County, but the northernmost portion of the area extends into Gentry County.

Lost Creek drainage, within which the area is located was once the site of an Army trail established in 1823.

Because of its size and diversity, the area is managed for a wide range of game and non-game wildlife species. Open fields are managed with farming, haying, and controlled burning, practices which complement more intensive habitat developments such as tree, shrub and grass plantings, habitat manipulation, and timber management.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites   
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Two Area Ponds  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. Numerous, small channel catfish. 
Fishing - Other Fair population. Carp. 
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 Good population. Click on link to dove management map (available in August).  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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 area is closed to all waterfowl hunting daily at 1:00 p.m.  Highest concentrations are in shallows at north end of lake and in wetland.  
Other  Pheasant - Fair 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   King Lake   
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Ponds 1 and 2 3.00 acres Located on west side of area.  
Fishing Lake or Pond King Lake 231.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Lost Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 100.00  
Crop Land 250.00  
Wetland 41.00  
Old Field 328.00  
Lakes/Ponds 234.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 320.00  
Total Area Acres:1272.80 

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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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