Hi Lonesome Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Cole Camp, take Highway 52 west 1 mile, then Klink Avenue north 0.50 mile.

Highlights

Nearly all unplowed native prairie. 

About This Area

This 655-acre native prairie was purchased from Vaughn Lumpee in 1987. Mr. Lumpee ran a cattle operation on this area and he had a great fondness for the cowboy lifestyle. The unusual name for this area can be traced to the traditional greeting that one cowboy might give to another when meeting out on the vast prairies, "Hi Lonesome". These words hung above Mr. Lumpee's cabin home.

This area has been designated by Missouri Audubon as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBAs are sites that have been identified by Audubon as those that are the most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present.

High quality grasslands are important habitat for many species. This area is a remnant of a once vast prairie ecosystem that provides habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals. Because less than one-half of one percent of our original prairie remains, some of these species have become increasingly rare.

Area managers use prescribed fire, grazing, and other management practices to maintain healthy grasslands, simulate historic disturbances, and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants.

Although extremely uncommon, prairie chickens are occasionally seen on this prairie. Other species of conservation concern which find a home on this area include Mead's milkweed and upland sandpipers.

General Information

Kansas City

Benton

660-530-5500

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Excellent viewing opportunities for many grassland species. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Highlighted Activities  Prairie wildflower viewing from April through September. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.90 acres There is a .25 mile walk to this small pond.  
Fishless Pond  0.25 acres  
Fishless Pond  0.34 acres There is a .25 mile walk to this small pond.  
Fishless Pond  0.98 acres There is a .25 mile walk to this small pond.  
Fishless Pond  1.20 acres There is a .25 mile walk to this small pond.  
Named Prairie Hi Lonesome 651.23 acres Native tallgrass prairie.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 631.23  
Lakes/Ponds 3.67  
Grassland (non-prairie) 20.00  
Total Area Acres:654.90 

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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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