Duck Creek Conservation Area is located nine miles north of Puxico on Highway 51 in Stoddard, Bollinger and Wayne counties.The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased the land for the area in 1950 in order to establish a waterfowl hunting area in conjunction with Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
The 6,318-acre area has a wide variety of habitat types that support a diversity of plant and animal species, some of which are unique to Missouri. Duck Creek Conservation Area is a remnant of the bottomland hardwood forest that once covered the southeastern part of the state, most of which were in the former floodplain of the Mississippi River. This conservation area contains 1,500 acres of open marsh, 2,700 acres of bottomland forest which includes, 1,200 acres of managed greentree reservoirs and a 1,800 acre lake.
The area is managed to provide a diversity of food and shelter for migratory and resident wetland wildlife. Pool 1 is a 1,800 acre manmade reservoir that supplies water to the greentree reservoirs to mimic the flooding that once occurred naturally. Wells provide water for flooding the open marsh units. Managers manipulate water levels on about 2,700 acres of managed wetlands.
Open marsh areas are dried out in the summer to produce a variety of native plants that provide seeds and tubers and harbor important invertebrates for waterfowl and other wildlife. Flooding is initiated in the fall to provide habitat for fall migrating shorebirds, rails, and waterfowl. Bird use continues throughout the winter. Wetlands remain flooded throughout wet springs as birds migrate back through the region heading north. The area's 1,200 acres of managed greentree reservoirs provide critical resources for migratory and wintering waterfowl. These forests offer an abundance of acorns and invertebrates to help meet the energetic needs for dabbling ducks. This habitat also provides critical cover during courtship behaviors as pair bonds form between ducks through the winter months. Later in the spring hooded mergansers and wood ducks utilized these woods for nesting.
Duck Creek CA is undergoing major renovations to aging infrastructure as a part of MDC's Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative. Work on the Phase I contract was completed in October 2012. The Phase II contract begin in July 2013 and was completed by 2015. Phase III, which is the final phase of this renovation project, begin in October 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Funds provided by multiple partners including MDC, DU and others were matched by two $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants.
- Sunday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Puxico, take Highway 51 north 9 miles to the main entrance.
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 105 Title; Authority
Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area. The information provided reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code or call the phone number listed for the area in the area details section.
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 110 General Provisions
Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, water skiing, and fires outside of designated camping areas.
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 115 Closings
Portions of this department area are closed to protect waterfowl from October 15 through the end of the last segment of the appropriate zone's duck season
Portions of this department area are closed to protect waterfowl from October 15 through the end of the last segment of the appropriate zone's Canada goose season
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 135 Wild Plants, Plant Products, and Mushrooms
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 130 Vehicles, Bicycles, Horses, and Horseback Riding
Unless otherwise posted, bicycles are allowed on roads open to vehicular traffic. Bicycles must stay on roads open to vehicular traffic or on multi-use trails posted as open to bicycles. Groups of 10 or more people using bicycles on a department area must obtain a special use permit from the area manager. The area manager can be contacted at the phone number listed in the area details section for this department area.
Equestrian use is allowed on roads open to vehicular traffic. Horses must stay on roads open to vehicular traffic or on multi-use trails posted as open to horses. Groups of 10 or more people using horses on a department area must obtain a special use permit from the area manager. The area manager can be contacted at the phone number listed in the area details section for this department area.
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 140 Camping
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 150 Target Shooting and Shooting Ranges
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 120 Pets and Hunting Dogs
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 180 Hunting, General Provisions and Seasons
Hunting is prohibited on some conservation areas, but allowed on others. Special regulations may apply to hunting. To determine the hunting regulations for this conservation area, consult the Missouri Code of State Regulations in Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code at https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3c10-11.pdf.
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 145 Tree Stands
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 155 Decoys and Blinds
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 125 Field Trials
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 200 Fishing, General Provisions and Seasons
Fishing is prohibited on some conservation areas, but allowed on others. Special regulations may apply to fishing. To determine the fishing regulations for this conservation area, consult the Missouri Code of State Regulations in Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code.
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 160 Use of Boats and Motors
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 187 Trapping
5001 - 3CSR 10-11 - 186 Waterfowl Hunting
Waterfowl may be taken only by holders of a valid area Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag and only from a blind or in a designated area, except that hunters may retrieve dead birds and pursue and shoot downed cripples outside the designated area. Waterfowl hunters must check out immediately after the close of their hunting trip and prior to processing birds by accurate completion and return of the Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag to designated locations. These department areas are closed to waterfowl hunting on December 25. Only authorized persons are allowed within the waterfowl shooting areas during the waterfowl hunting season. Portions of these department areas may be open to fishing during all or part of the waterfowl season