Rocky Creek CA is in the Ozark Highland Section and the Current River Hills Subsection (Nigh & Schroeder, 2002). The majority of the conservation area is in the Oak-Pine Woodland/Forest Hills Land Type Association. The remaining area is in the Eminence Igneous Glade/Oak Forest Hills land type that includes Coot, Peter Mooney, Mill, Barnett, Vance, and Buttin Rock mountains. Rocky Creek CA is a forested landscape, resulting from The Great Cutover around the turn of the century. Today, woodlands and forests are covered by mostly even-aged black oak, scarlet oak, white oak, post oak, hickory, and some shortleaf pine. Although the conservation area is in the native shortleaf pine range, many pine sites have been invaded by other hardwoods species that are now past or reaching maturity.
The area is managed with a sustainable ecological approach to multiple-use management. The goal of the silviculture prescriptions is to improve the overall health and vigor of the forest by promoting and encouraging natural communities indigenous to the landtype association. The prescriptions will guide the forest to more ecological and biological stable conditions that will enhance productivity and value over time. Management techniques include prescribed fire, invasive species control, planting, selective and regeneration harvests. Other areas are set aside for old-growth habitat, and will not be actively managed by the Department.
With almost 40,000 acres of public land, the Rocky Creek CA provides for a wide range of outdoor activities. These include nature viewing, bird watching, hiking, dispersed primitive camping, and hunting and fishing opportunities. Rocky Creek provides access to the Current River, just south of the Highway 106 bridge near Owls Bend east of Eminence. The conservation area is also home to an auto driving tour that explores a 1,300-acre pine oak woodland restoration project. Access to areas varies from paved roads to unimproved woods roads, to areas that are only accessible by foot.
The area also contains many springs, caves, and karst features that contain some of the rarest plants and animals in the state. Rocky Creek CA is the focus of ongoing natural community restoration projects in forest, woodlands, and glades. These projects are designed to improve the systems overall health and vigor and provide for a diverse range of wildlife habitat.
- Sunday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
4629 - 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.
4629 - 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.
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 115 Closings
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 135 Wild Plants, Plant Products, and Mushrooms
4629 - 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.
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 140 Camping
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 150 Target Shooting and Shooting Ranges
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 120 Pets and Hunting Dogs
4629 - 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.
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 145 Tree Stands
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 155 Decoys and Blinds
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 125 Field Trials
4629 - 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.
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 160 Use of Boats and Motors
4629 - 3CSR 10-11 - 187 Trapping
Things to Do When You Visit
Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
Designated Camping Sites
Archery and Firearms
Antlerless Permits Allowed
Archery and Firearms
Archery and Firearms