Barclay Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Bennett Spring State Park, take Highway 64 west 3.70 miles, then Corkery Road north 3 miles, then Barclay Springs Road east.

About This Area

Barclay Conservation Area is in northeastern Dallas County, 40 miles south of Lake of the Ozarks, seven miles north of Bennett Spring State Park and 21 miles northeast of Buffalo. The area provides 1.7 miles of Niangua River frontage. A 0.4 mile spring branch also originates there. The area also has two wildlife watering ponds.

The Conservation Department purchased the area in 1996 from a willing seller with Conservation Department funds to provide public access to the Niangua River.

In addition to the river frontage, Barclay CA also contains 426 acres of land appropriate for hunting and hiking. This land has excellent examples of dolomite glade communities, oak-hickory uplands, river bottom forest, and clear-running springs. Deer, turkey, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, coyote, and many other small animals and birds are commonly seen from the gravel roads and forest trails and along field edges.

Wildlife habitat management includes manipulating fields within the forest to provide additional food sources. Timber harvesting is also an important element in habitat management as it provides forage and cover for forest wildlife and a diversity of habitat types.

The Barclay Conservation Area Access was dedicated in 2001 and provides a concrete, boat launching ramp, canoe launching area (gravel, and parking lot). Sport Fish Restoration funds were used to develop this access area and will assist with future operation and maintenance costs. These funds are made available through a special excise tax collected on fishing equipment and motor fuel.

This access is within a White Ribbon Trout Stream. This area offers opportunities to catch and harvest large trout. In addition, the area will provide the opportunity for the Conservation Department to enhance the Niangua River's riparian corridor, protecting both the river and the spring branch. This will help ensure a quality experience for future generations to enjoy.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Area subject to flash flooding

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Canoeing  Niangua River  
Demonstrations  Stream Bank Revegetation and Upland Grassland Habitat Enhancement 
Fishing - Bass Good population.  
Fishing - Other Good population. Suckers 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.  
Fishing - Trout Good population. White Ribbon Trout Area. See regulations. 
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-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair 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 - Concrete   Niangua River  
Boat Ramp - Stream - Other   Gravel canoe launching area. 
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Non-Stocked Pond  1.00 acres  
Spring Barclay Spring 4849920.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Intermittent  0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Barclay Spring Branch 0.40 miles  
Stream - Permanent Niangua River 1.60 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 0.19  
Glade 67.00  
Other 8.00  
Other 12.00 Stream 
Forest and Woodland 247.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 92.00  
Total Area Acres:426.19 

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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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