Robert M. White II Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Mexico, take Highway 15 north 8 miles, then Route Z east 2 miles, and Route ZZ east 2 miles.


The area is largely forest with cropland, old fields, grassland, and prairie. Facilities/features: two permanent streams and two lakes (18 acres total).

About This Area

Robert M. White Conservation Area is in both Audrain and Monroe counties, approximately 11 miles north of Mexico, Missouri and 16 miles southeast of Paris. The area is less than 20 miles south of Clarence Cannon Reservoir.

This 1,163-acre area is named for Robert M. White II who donated the land for use as a wildlife area. Mr. White, former owner of the Mexico Ledger, worked diligently with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and the Conservation Department to protect the soil and develop wildlife habitat.

Approximately 460 acres of the area are timbered. The remainder of the property is in row crops, warm-season grasses, or fruiting shrubs.

The area includes numerous ponds and a 15-acre fishing lake. Robert M. White conservation Area has no facilities, but hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping are encouraged. The lake access road is open to vehicles May 10th to August 31st, dry weather use only.

Management efforts, including prescribed burns, discing, and rowcropping, are designed to provide habitat for wildlife.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. Bluegill 
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-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good 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.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Inquire of Area Manager.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Camping Area - Individual Campsites    
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond White Lake 15.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond  3.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  13 2.00 acres  
Stream - Intermittent  1.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Youngs Creek 2.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Long Branch Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 50.00  
Crop Land 225.00  
Old Field 299.00  
Lakes/Ponds 18.00 One lake and one pond. 
Forest and Woodland 500.00  
Other 70.00 Restored native prairie grassland 
Total Area Acres:1162.60 

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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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