Apple Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

North of Cape Girardeau, take the Fruitland exit off I-55, then Highway 61 north 7 miles, then Route CC east 6 miles to the area.


This area contains forest, old fields, croplands, and wetlands. Facilities/features: boat ramp, primitive camping, firearms range, fishing ponds, and permanent stream (Apple Creek).

About This Area

Apple Creek Conservation Area is located in northeast Cape Girardeau County, three miles east of New Wells on Route CC.

The Missouri Department of Conservation created Apple Creek Conservation Area in 1986 with the purchase of 2,082 acres from several landowners.

Steep hills and narrow valleys characterize this area, and approximately 2.5 miles of Apple Creek stream frontage forms its northern border.

The area is home to a mix of upland oak-hickory forests and a few bottomland forests.  You may notice various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and maintain watershed quality. Timber harvests are also an important part of habitat management; they produce forage and cover for forest wildlife. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance soon will return.

The Conservation Department has created watering ponds and planted food plots and agricultural crops within the forest to provide additional food sources for wildlife. 

General Information


Cape Girardeau


Owned by MDC

  • Boat ramp is usable when Mississippi River is between 13' and 34' on the Cape gauge.
  • LAT.37D33M00.18S(37.550) LONG-89D34M00.93(-89.567)

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Only on designated multi-use trail. 
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  The Boat Ramp Camping Area has fire pit, grill, and picnic table. No amenities provided in other camping areas. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Canoeing  Canoeing in Apple Creek is possible when water levels are sufficent.  
Fishing - Bass Good population. Ponds contain largemouth bass. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Ponds contain channel catfish. 
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Catfishing in Apple Creek can be good. Channel, blue and flathead catfish may be caught in creek. 
Fishing - Other Good population. Fishing for white bass, carp and other riverine species can be good seasonally in Apple Creek. 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Ponds contain sunfish. 
Hiking  Good hiking opportunity on interior access trail 
Horseback Riding  Restricted to designated 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-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  With special use permit. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Concrete Apple Creek  Ramp is usable when Cape Mississippi River gauge is between 13' and 34'.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   During firearms and deer season. 
OtheraccessibleShotgun / Pistol / Rifle Range  Shotgun trap, skeet and patterning range. Pistol and rifle range with distances up to 275 yards. RANGE IS CLOSED EVERY TUESDAY 
Other Archery Range  Unstaffed archery range. RANGE IS CLOSED EVERY TUESDAY 
Parking Lotaccessible  Two disabled accessible parking lots at shotgun and rifle range.  
Privy/Restroomaccessible  At rifle range. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 1 0.50 acres Stocked annually with channel catfish 
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 2 1.50 acres Stocked annually with channel catfish  
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond 3 0.50 acres  
Fishless Pond  14 5.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Apple Creek 2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Wetland 70.00  
Old Field 200.00  
Other 18.00  
Crop Land 165.00  
Forest and Woodland 1647.00  
Total Area Acres:2100.20 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Apple Creek Trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 5.00 

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Shooting Range General Information






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

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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