CARPENTER MEMORIAL CONSERVATION AREA
Edge Wade, spring 2017
365.68 acres Morgan Co. DeLorme 44, B-4
MDC owned. For information call 573-346-2210
Directions: From Versailles, go west on MO 52, south (left) on Rt. T. to Possum Trot Hollow Rd. (a total of 16 miles southwest of Versailles).
ADA Information: There are no facilities.
Features of interest to birders: There are 335 acres of forest and woodland and 30 acres of old fields in fairly hilly terrain traversed by accessible creek bottom. There are no designated trails.
Possum Trot Hollow Rd. runs along Roberts Branch, following a diagonal route through the southern half of the area. The road may be walked to watch and listen for birds. The single gravel parking lot offers a place to leave a car and to bird free of ticks. Across the road from the lot is an open area (old field) with access to the creek.
When to Visit/Species to Expect: Reports from the very limited number of visits indicate a typical Ozark suite of breeders and migrants may be found here.
Just beyond the southern boundary is a cove of the Lake of the Ozarks where gulls and waterfowl may be present.
Hazards/Limitations: There is one low-water crossing near the east entrance to the area, and one in the area. Speeding vehicles may be encountered along the road; ticks and chiggers off the road.
Nearby Birding Sites: Big Buffalo Creek CA*, Gravois Mills Access*,
*Indicates Birders’ Guide available when this guide was written. See http://www.mobirds.org/Locations/SiteGuides.aspx for these and additional guides.