Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Mindenmines take Highway 160 east, then Route M south 1 mile to the area.


This area is mostly cropland and grassland with some native prairie plus wetlands, old fields, and pasture. Facilities/features: boat ramp, fishing dock, three fishing jetties, and 11 fishable lakes and ponds (40 acres total).

About This Area

Shawnee Trail Conservation Area is in Barton County, one mile south of Mindenmines.

The 3,635-acre area takes its name from a trail through the area that played a major role in the history of this country.

The trail, sometimes called the Texas Road, was at various times followed by Native Americans, traders heading toward Santa Fe, settlers moving to Texas, and Texas cattlemen heading to Sedalia, Quincy, and Chicago.

Between 1845 and 1858, the Shawnee Trail became an important cattle route for moving Texas beef to eastern markets and later to Independence, Kansas City, and Westport, where settlers moving to California and Oregon bought provisions before starting their long trips. As many as 50,000 head per year made the trip from Austin and Waco to the northern markets.

Shawnee Trail Conservation Area offers opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, and nature photography.

During your visit to the area you may observe wildlife management, research and soil conservation projects in progress. Sharecrop agreements with local farmers help provide food and cover for wildlife. Discing and controlled burning are used regularly to manipulate vegetation in the fields to improve habitat for wildlife.

Shrub plantings provide woody cover for quail, rabbits, and other wildlife species. The grasslands, marshes, and old fields provide opportunities to view unique bird species such as shorteared owls, marsh wrens, LeConte's sparrows, prairie falcons, merlins, and various migrant shorebirds. Lakes on the area are used by shorebirds and waterfowl.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good grassland bird diversity. Short-eared owls are commonly seen in the fall and winter months. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping allowed at the designated camping areas next to Pin Oak Lake. Privy provided, but no other amenities provided.  
Field Trials with Special Use Permit  Field trials limited to Beagle trials and Retriever Trials & Hunt Tests. 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
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. There are approximately 60 acres of fields planted for dove hunting opportunities. Maps of specific fields and crops are available annually under the Area Resources section of this site.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population. There are 9 marshes that are managed specifically for waterfowl habitat. Total marsh habitat is approximately 26 acres. These marshes rely on rainfall to fill them (pumping water is currently not possible). 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - ConcreteaccessiblePin Oak Lake Boat Ramp  Disabled Accessible Boat Ramp 
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided other than a latrine. 
Fishing Jetty/Platform    
Other   Gravel access for fishing. 
Other Shawnee Trail Shop  Area Maintenance Shop. 
Parking Lotaccessible 17  Gravel Parking Lot with a concrete pad (disabled accessible) at Pin Oak Lake.  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pin Oak Lake 14.00 acres Camping area, privy, disabled accessible boat ramp, dock and 3 jetties. 
Fishing Lake or Pond  19 68.00 acres This includes both ponds and strip pits. 
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Non-Stocked Pond  20 30.00 acres Fish are present but not actively managed. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 50.00  
Old Field 120.00  
Lakes/Ponds 99.00  
Forest and Woodland 98.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 1769.00  
Wetland 30.00  
Crop Land 1469.00  
Total Area Acres:3635.00 

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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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