Fishing destination doubles as waterfowl birding haven.
By Larry Archer
As one of MDC’s 15 intensively managed wetlands, Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA) attracts waterfowl hunters during the season, but after the season ends, the area draws anglers, birders, and nature watchers.
“We have an 18,000-acre fishing lake, and it’s known in the state as one of the best for pan fishing, so it’s got a lot of blue gill and crappie in it,” said Duck Creek CA Manager Nicky Walker.
Because the 6,318-acre area, located southwest of Cape Girardeau, draws waterfowl throughout the spring, it is also a birding destination, Walker said.
“As we go into late April and early May, we have a pretty good population of wood ducks and hooded mergansers that nest on site,” she said.
The beneficiary of nearly $4 million worth of wetland restoration, Duck Creek CA has seen a resurgence of several species of conservation concern, she said.
“Those aren’t things we’ve introduced. Those are things that just came back naturally with the renovations,” she said.
Visitors can also find the geological curiosity known as mima mounds, a series of raised mounds whose origins are unknown.
“There’s a lot of stories, but there’s no actual, ‘This is what a mima mound is,’” she said.
Duck Creek Conservation Area consists of 6,318 acres in Bollinger, Stoddard, and Wayne counties. From Puxico, take Highway 51 north 9 miles to the main entrance. short.mdc.mo.gov/ZNo 573-222-3337
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