Capps Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Monett, take Highway 60 west 7.50 miles, then Wallaby Road south 1.75 miles to its junction with Jolly Mill Drive.


This area contains forest, old fields, cropland, and some wetlands. Facilities/features: two permanent streams (Capps Creek, Shoal Creek) and a fishing pond.

About This Area

Capps Creek Conservation Area occupies 721 acres in the Springfield Plateau Section of the Ozark Natural Division.

Capps Creek, which flows westward to Shoal Creek, receives most of its year-round flow from springs, creating a coldwater stream that has provided trout management opportunity to MDC for more than 30 years. Both rainbow and brown trout are present.

Located along the eastern border of Newton County, the area is made up of small, wet bottomlands and rolling upland forests and grasslands. Stream and riparian resources on the area include approximately 0.4 miles of both banks of Capps Creek, another 1.4 miles of Capps Creek on one bank, and 0.2 miles of the right downstream bank of Shoal Creek.

The Conservation Department's multi-use management program provides increased opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, and other recreational activities. Management of Capps Creek Conservation Area includes techniques to create, restore, and maintain habitats for fish and wildlife. Efforts also center on improving water quality and sound forest management. Practices include prescribed burning, haying, planting food plots, and native grass mixes, and timber stand improvement through thinning, and commercial harvest when beneficial. Sharecropping agreements with selected area farmers result in grain crops left in the field for wildlife use during winter months.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Grassland and woodland/forest species can be expected in season. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population. In Shoal Creek and Capps Creek and in pond, see regulations.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population. In pond, see regulations.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population. In Shoal Creek and in pond, see regulations.  
Fishing - Trout Good population. MDC periodically stocks Capps Creek. See Area Regulations. White Ribbon Trout Area, see area regulations.  
Highlighted Activities  Trout fishing opportunities: MDC stocks trout six times per year. Includes both rainbow and brown trout.  
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. Sunflower and wheat fields managed for doves. 
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population.  
Hunting-Waterfowl-Open Hunting Fair population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond  1.00 acres  
Fishless Pond  0.80 acres At this time both are considered fishless; at some time, may provide fishing opportunity.  
Stream - Permanent Shoal Creek 0.20 miles  
Stream - Permanent Capps Creek 2.00 miles Includes approximately 0.40 miles of both banks and 1.40 miles of one bank.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 70.00  
Forest and Woodland 205.00  
Wetland 15.00  
Old Field 111.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 320.00  
Total Area Acres:721.35 

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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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