Barry County Crayfish

Most of the Ozark stream crayfish species are relatively easy to find.  Grab your copy of The Crayfishes of Missouri (you have a copy, right?,) look up the species you’re interested in, use the handy range map to identify a drainage where it occurs and then find a public access or three in that drainage.  This […]

Freckles on the Huzzah

Huzzah Conservation Area is located in Crawford County, northeast of Steelville.  Within it’s 6,225 acres you can find a mile of Courtois Creek, a half mile of Huzzah Creek and 2 1/2 miles of the Meramec River.  Factor in the presence of Onondaga Cave State Park directly across the river and you have some prime real […]

Stahl Creek

The Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area sits on the headwaters of the Spring (Neosho) River, a few miles northwest of Mt. Vernon in Lawrence County.  Two miles of Spring River lie within the CA and even though it’s nearly three hours away, it’s an easy drive because only the last few miles are two lane roads.  […]

Short Bend


The Short Bend in question is, of course, MDC’s […]

Chilly day on the Jacks Fork

This last weekend was miserable.  All week, it had been sunny and warm, nearly 90° on a couple of days, and then the weekend arrives.  So do the clouds.  A solid blanket of clouds that lasted all weekend (though they were miraculously gone this morning when I had to go back to work.)  And the temperature […]