Stephen J. Sun Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Poplar Bluff, take Business Highway 60 east 2 miles, then Route NN north 3.50 miles, take the first gravel road to west (marked 544) to the area.


This is a forest area with cropland and a small wetlands. Facilities/features: picnic area and pavilion, Carpenter Lake (seven acres), permanent stream (Indian Creek), and fishable pond (1.50 acres).

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • For more details about this area please see the Poplar Bluff Conservation Area.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Regulations differ between streams and impoundments. 
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hiking  No designated trails 
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-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good 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 

Go to Top of Page

Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

Go to Top of Page

Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Carpenter Lake 7.00 acres Pond is not stocked. Walk in only (3/4 mile) 
Other Ozark - Lowland transition zone 0.00 count Zone of contact between Black River lowlands and Ozark escarpment. 
Stream - Permanent Black River 1.50 miles Access to river is only by foot. 
Stream - Permanent Indian Creek 1.50 miles  

Go to Top of Page

Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 7.00  
Crop Land 132.00  
Forest and Woodland 334.00  
Wetland 12.00 Includes Carpenter Lake 
Total Area Acres:485.00 

Go to Top of Page

Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

Go to Top of Page

Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

Go to Top of Page