Current River Conservation Area

Driving Directions

There are three entrances. One is located 3 miles west of Ellington on Highway 106. Another is located on South Road in Ellington. The other is located on Reynolds County Road 626.


This is a predominantly forest area. Facilities/features: picnic area, fishing jetties, Buford Pond (three acres, fishable), Blue Spring Natural Area (17 acres), Cardareva Bluff Natural Area (95 aces), and a permanent stream (Current River).

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • For a map of The Conservation Lands of the Lower Ozarks which includes Current River Conservation Area, contact the Ellington Office at 573-663-7130.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  No designated trails, but area access roads open to vehicles are also open to mountain bikes. 
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird Lists. Reynolds County. Shannon County. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Except where restricted by posting. No amenities are provided. 
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. See area regulations. 
Demonstrations  Have 40 acres of food plots on the area. Forest management activities are done on a scheduled basis. 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. Regulations differ between streams and impoundments. In Buford Pond, largemouth bass are common-fishing fair. In the Current River, smallmouth bass are the most common and fishing is good.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. Buford Pond is stocked occasionaly with channel catfish.  
Fishing - Goggle-eye Fair population. In the Current River. 
Fishing - Other Good population. Suckers in Current River. 
Hiking  There is a 1.5 mile walking path from Deer Run Fire Tower to Buford Pond. Also good hiking on area access 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-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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fire Tower Deer Run Tower  Picnic table at tower. 
Fishing Jetty/Platform   Both located on Buford Pond. 
Other Deer Run Archery Range  Unstaffed, static range. 4 stations. 20, 30, 40, and 50 yard distances. 
OtheraccessibleCurrent River CA Deer Run Shooting Range   This Shooting range on the Current River Conservation Area is unstaffed, disabled-accessible. 25, 50, 100 yard rifle/pistol ranges. Shotgun patterning range. Clay bird throwing area. Disabled-accessible privies on range.  
Parking Lotaccessible  Gravel Parking Lot with concrete pads. 
Picnic Table   Six at Buford Pond, 1 at Deer Run Tower Site, and 1 at the Log Cabin. 
Staffed OfficeaccessibleEllington Office  Resource Forester's Office-Ellington 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Blue Spring Natural Area 17.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Designated Natural Area Cardareva Bluff Natural Area 95.00 acres Adjoins additional natural area owned by National Park Service. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Fishing Lake or Pond Buford Pond 3.00 acres Three-acre stocked fishing pond. Also has picnic tables, and 2 BBQ pits. Earthen fishing jetties allow access to center of pond.  
Fishless Pond  32 15.00 acres Wildlife watering holes, some natural ponds. 
Other Paint Rock Bluff 5.00 count Overlooks Current River. 
Stream - Intermittent  25 20.00 miles  
Stream - Permanent Current River 3.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Carr Creek 4.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 47.00 Food plots. 
Old Field 180.00  
Forest and Woodland 27736.00 Includes roads. 
Lakes/Ponds 3.00  
Glade 34.00  
Total Area Acres:29290.52 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.50 

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Shooting Range General Information






1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, unless posted otherwise.

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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