This conservation area provides an excellent example of how the entire vicinity appeared before drainage and clearing changed the face of Missouri's Bootheel. The 3,166-acre area is a remnant of 2.4 million acres of bottomland hardwoods that once encompassed all of Dunklin, Pemiscot, Stoddard, New Madrid, and Mississippi counties.
The area is 80 percent forestland with the dominant trees being typical bottomland species. Overcup oak, green ash, and cypress are present in the very lowest areas while Nuttall oak, willow oak, water oak, pin oak, and hickory trees inhabit the slightly higher sites. The lowest elevation in Missouri, 230 feet mean (average) sea level, is found on the south end of the area.
Hornersville Swamp Conservation Area is adjacent to the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. Hence, together these areas provide nearly 20,000 acres of wildlife habitat. Deer, raccoons, squirrels, and other forest inhabitants are plentiful, and when the area is flooded, mallards, and wood ducks feed heavily on pin oak acorns.
Management of the area is designed to protect and enhance one of the few remnants of bottomland hardwood timber in the Bootheel with special emphasis on providing habitat for migratory wintering mallards.
Over 600 acres of the area were heavily logged prior to 1980, and this portion is undergoing corrective measures to provide the desired tree composition.
Water management on Hornersville presents unique problems, because the area is at the end of floodway ditches and can flood overnight. Public use is prohibited except fishing and waterfowl hunting by boat only when water levels are above thirty-eight (38') on the Little River Floodway Ditch No. 1 at Hornersville, MO gauge.
There are 400 acres of open fields on the area that are managed through sharecropping agreements with local farmers to provide food throughout the fall, winter, and early spring. Milo is the dominant cereal grain in the large fields. The smaller open fields are disced to encourage the growth of wild foods such as wild millet, smartweed, ragweed, and pigweed. This overall management approach makes a diversity of food available to wildlife throughout the year.
- Sunday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5610 - 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.
5610 - 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.
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 115 Closings
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 135 Wild Plants, Plant Products, and Mushrooms
5610 - 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.
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 140 Camping
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 150 Target Shooting and Shooting Ranges
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 120 Pets and Hunting Dogs
5610 - 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.
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 145 Tree Stands
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 155 Decoys and Blinds
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 125 Field Trials
5610 - 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.
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 160 Use of Boats and Motors
5610 - 3CSR 10-11 - 187 Trapping
Things to Do When You Visit
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