Mule Shoe Conservation Area

Driving Directions

In Hickory County take Route F north from Highway 54, then gravel road 96 east to the area.


This tract is mostly forest. Facilities/features: primitive camping and two permanent streams.

About This Area

Mule Shoe Conservation Area is in eastern Hickory County. Visitors can reach the area by heading north on Route F off Highway 54, then going east on Gravel Road 96, which runs through the area, and by traveling to the end of Route P from Crosstimbers.

This 2,709-acre area borders the eastern bank of the Little Niangua River for over one mile. The area contains forestland, bottomland fields, and steep limestone bluffs. Natural communities include dry and dry-mesic chert forest, dolomite glades, a remnant dolomite savanna, and bottomland forests. Approximately 256 acres are pasture fields.

This area was acquired to help protect the aquatic habitat of the Niangua darter, which is classified as state-endangered and federally-threatened species.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  No amenities provided. 
Canoeing  Little Niangua River   
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Suckers 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Hiking  Numerous area access trails provide good hiking opportunity.  
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 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   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other   Little Niangua River gravel bar only.  
Camping Area - Individual Campsites   No amenities provided. 
Parking Lot  11   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.00 acres  
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  2.00 acres  
Stream - Permanent Little Niangua River 2.70 miles  
Stream - Permanent Starks Creek 0.80 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 2359.00  
Glade 43.00  
Savanna 164.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 263.00  
Total Area Acres:2829.17 

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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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