Wire Road Conservation Area is a 1,002-acre tract located in northwestern Stone County. The area was purchased in 1983 and encompasses 3.7 miles of Crane Creek. The area was named Wire Road because it is crossed by a pre-Civil War road that followed a telegraph line between Rolla and Fort Smith, AR. A field at the junction of Crane Creek and the original Wire Road was an important encampment during the Civil War. It was occupied by several thousand Confederate troops before and after the Battle of Wilson's Creek. A fork of the Cherokee Trail of Tears also passed through this area, as well as the famous Butterfield Stage Route. A major trail of some sort is thought to have existed on this area since Europeans first traveled in Stone County. Wire Road Conservation Area consists primarily of typical upland oak-hickory forest and bottomland hardwoods, including sycamore, bur oak, northern red oak, and black walnut. Before Department ownership, the bottom fields of the conservation area were farmed and grazed. Some existing stands of fescue have been converted to annuals and native grasses. The riparian zone along Crane Creek and bottomland fields are being replanted with trees to protect the waterway. Over 30,000 trees have been planted. Hunters and anglers will find plenty of opportunity at Wire Road Conservation area. Several multiuse trails allow hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders ways to explore the area.
- Sunday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wire Road Conservation Area consists of several tracts. To get to the largest tract, located northwest of Crane, take Highway 413 north 1.10 miles, then Old Wire Road west 1 mile to a parking lot on the north side of the road. A small tract, with a parking lot, is located in the City of Crane on the east side of Highway 413, just south of Crane Creek on the opposite side of the creek from the city ball park. Another tract is located 1 mile southeast of Crane. From the junction of Highway 413 and Swinging Bridge Road, take Swinging Bridge Road east 0.40 miles, then Grisham Ford Road north 0.15 mile across Crane Creek to a parking lot on the east side of the road.
8307 - 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.
8307 - 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.
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 115 Closings
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 135 Wild Plants, Plant Products, and Mushrooms
8307 - 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.
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 140 Camping
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 150 Target Shooting and Shooting Ranges
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 120 Pets and Hunting Dogs
8307 - 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.
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 145 Tree Stands
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 155 Decoys and Blinds
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 125 Field Trials
8307 - 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.
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 160 Use of Boats and Motors
8307 - 3CSR 10-11 - 187 Trapping
Things to Do When You Visit
Archery and Firearms
Antlerless Permits Allowed
Muzzleloader and Archery
Archery and Firearms