Apple Creek Conservation Area (CA) is one of the most popular areas in Cape Girardeau County for public use. The area is known for the shooting range and boat access (when the water level is high enough). Apple Creek CA also has forest, old fields, croplands and wetlands.
The Missouri Department of Conservation created Apple Creek Conservation Area in 1986 with the purchase of 2,082 acres from several landowners. Steep hills and narrow valleys characterize this area, and approximately 2.5 miles of Apple Creek stream frontage forms its northern border.
The area is home to a mix of upland oak-hickory forests and a few bottomland forests. You may notice various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and maintain watershed quality. Timber harvests are also an important part of habitat management; they produce forage and cover for forest wildlife. Any physical disturbance is only temporary and normal aesthetic appearance soon will return.
The Conservation Department has created watering ponds and planted food plots and agricultural crops within the forest to provide additional food sources for wildlife.
This area is open for public use from 4 a.m. To 10 p.m.; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day. The firearms range is closed on Tuesdays.
Apple Creek Conservation Area is located in northeast Cape Girardeau County, three miles east of New Wells on Route CC. Find complete information about this area here.