Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area

About this Area

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(816) 622-0900
Total Acres


Scenic road on Amarugia Highlands CA.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Amarugia Highlands Conservation Area is located in a region once known as "The Kingdom of Amarugia," where a group of people formed their own government and had their own society. A series of prominent hills in this region is still known as the Amarugia Highlands. The hills in the southern portion of the Conservation Area are part of these highlands.
The 1,081-acre area was purchased by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1983. One of its main attractions is the man-made 45-acre Amarugia Lake, which was completed in 1987. The lake was stocked in 1988 with channel catfish, largemouth bass,and bluegill. The lake was renovated recently in 2014 and restocked in 2016 with largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The area also has numerous small ponds and a short stretch of the South Grand River.
Terrain varies from bottomlandopen fieldsto rolling upland grasslands and woodlands.Openlands are managed for a variety of game and non-game wildlife species. Haying, croppingand controlled burning are used to maintain plant diversity in open areas. Habitat plantings include trees, shrubs and native grasses and forbs.
Disabled accessible fishing, parking and toilets are available on the area. A boat ramp is located on the lake.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Quail,
    • Turkey,
    • Dove,
    • Rabbit,
    • Squirrel
  • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Open Hunting
  • Bird Watching
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fishing JettyFishing Jetty
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved
  • MDC Road - ServiceMDC Road - Service

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From I-49/Highway 71 at Archie, take Route A west 5 miles, then Route W north 4.50 miles to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information