Conservation Area Plans Open for Comment

Do you have ideas about how your conservation areas are managed? We’d like to hear them.

New plans posted monthly

As conservation area management plans become available, we will post them for a month-long comment period.

Plans are posted below and listed by region of the state. Please review a plan and leave comments by following the link in the plan.

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Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area is 2,246 acres of old field, cropland, forest and woodland, native prairie, and lakes/ponds managed to provide area users with compatible and inviting multi-use opportunities for recreation and education. This area includes an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible fishing dock, fish hatchery, fishing jetty/platform, parking lot, pavilion, and privy/restroom.

Kansas City

James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is 3,084 acres of woodlands, grasslands, old fields, wetlands, forest, glade, and open water managed to provide the Kansas City Metropolitan residents with outdoor recreational opportunities. This area features 12 lakes, 15 miles of mowed lake access, 2.5 miles of hiking, 15 miles of horseback/bike/hike trails, youth group camping area, picnic area, horse trailer parking, and an archery range. Popular recreational activities include fishing, hunting, dog training, field trailing, field archery, nature study, and wildlife observation.

J. N. “Turkey” Kearn Memorial Conservation Area is 1,674 acres of old field, forest and woodland, cropland, grassland, 3 lakes and 20 ponds managed to enhance a variety of communities and maintain riparian zones to ensure water quality. This area gives the public the opportunity to part take in activities such as fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing. A boat ramp, boat dock, fishing dock, fishing jetty, parking lot, and privy are all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible for public use.

Linscomb Wildlife Area is 1,874 acres of forest and woodland, cropland, wetland, old field, grassland, native prairie, and glade managed to support native flora and fauna. Some open lands are managed for early successional habitat to support eastern cottontail, northern bobwhite quail, and other early successional species. This area contains 3 gravel parking lots and 7 non-stocked ponds for public use.


Hidden Hollow Conservation Area is 1,360 acres of forest, cropland, woodland, grassland, and old field managed to encourage healthy forest and woodland habitats in order to produce vigorous populations of deer, turkey, and small game. This area has 3 parking lots, multiple service roads (open to the public as foot traffic only), 4 stream crossings, and 4 fishless ponds for public use.


Pickle Springs Natural Area is 256 acres forest, woodland, and glade managed to protect the unique natural features of this area and provide the public with an opportunity to see and enjoy these features. This area offers 1 parking lot, 1 picnic table, and a 2-mile hiking trail for the public to use.

St. Louis

Upper Mississippi Conservation Area is made up of 83 scatter tracts adjacent to the Mississippi River and some river islands making up a total of 14,907 acres. These acres are mostly forests, woodlands, old fields, and wetlands managed for wildlife, bottomland forest, and wetland resources allowing compatible recreational opportunities for the public. The area tracts contain 2 parking lots, 2 boat ramps, 2 privies, 2 boat pull overs, a concrete/metal bridge, and 90-100 waterfowl hunting blinds.

Bootleg Access is 303 acres of bottomland forest, upland forest, woodland, and glade offering access to the Big River and recreational activities such as camping and hiking. This area offers 3 gravel parking lots, 4 culverts, 3 camping spots, 1.5-mile hiking trail, 1 viewing deck, 1 staircase, 3 small wooden bridges, 4 benches, 1 gate, and 1 gravel access road.

Hughes Mountain Natural Area is 462 acres of woodland, glade, and old field communities managed to preserve biodiversity while providing opportunities for diverse public use. This area provides a parking lot and the Devil’s Honeycomb Trail (0.7mile) for public use.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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