Points of Interest:
- Explore the aquatic life and scenic beauty of a State Outstanding Resource Water, Big Sugar Creek.
- Observe fish species characteristic of the Ozark and Prairie regions of the state.
- Look and listen for belted kingfisher, northern parula and Louisiana waterthrush along the creek in spring.
Natural Features Description:
Big Sugar Creek is a large, intermittent headwater stream that is reminiscent of Ozark streams of southern Missouri with a forested watershed, steep gradient, and some spring flow. Although the creek doesn’t always flow in the summer, numerous pools provide refuges for the stream fishes. Numerous gravel bars support willows, sycamore, and indigo bush. Look and listen for a variety of riparian area birds as well as frogs.
This natural area is within Cuivre River State Park. From the intersection of Highway 47 and Highway 61 in Troy, take Highway 47 east for 3.1 miles. Turn left (north) on to Highway 147. The visitor center is two miles down the road. Inquire at the visitor center about accessing this natural area. A map and compass are recommended to explore the area.