Linscomb Wildlife Area


Intensive grassland restoration management is occurring on this conservation area. This work will improve habitat for many species of wildlife including, quail, rabbits, grassland songbirds, and pollinators like monarch butterflies and native bees. Management efforts will center around large-scale removal of invasive trees, controlling invasive plants with herbicide, and seeding native prairie plants. Portions of the area may be posted as closed for public safety during these efforts. Call the El Dorado Springs Office at 417-876-5226 with questions.

Driving Directions

From El Dorado Springs, take Highway 82 northeast 9 miles, then Route OO north 1.50 miles.


This area contains grassland, forest, cropland and wetlands. There is a permanent stream (Simms Creek).

About This Area

Formerly known as Winding River Ranch, the property (1,728 acres) was deeded to the Missouri Department of Conservation from the NeVada P. Linscomb Trust in 1998. In 2003, Linscomb Trust purchased 146 additional acres.

This 1,874 acre wildlife area contains several small ponds. The Osage River Arm of Truman Reservoir borders to the north and Simms Creek borders to the east.

The south portion of the area contains remnant prairie, while the southeast portion is oak/hickory savanna. The remainder of the area consists of cropland, old fields, timber, and wetlands.

General Information

Kansas City

Saint Clair


Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Catfish Good population. Osage River/Harry S Truman Lake offers good fishing, but access to river is poor.  
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.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
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.  

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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 - Shoreline Osage Arm of Truman Reservoir 2.20 miles The Osage River Arm of Truman Reservoir defines the northern border of the area.  
Non-Stocked Pond  5.00 acres None of the ponds on the area have been stocked for fishing.  
Stream - Permanent Simms Creek 0.40 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 765.00  
Crop Land 484.00  
Wetland 251.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 109.00  
Glade 31.00  
Native Prairie 90.00  
Old Field 143.00  
Total Area Acres:1873.90 

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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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