Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

About this Area

For more information call
(417) 895-6880
Total Acres

This area is named in honor of Dr. Urban and Erma Marie Busiek. The original 740 acres was purchased from their son, Dr. Paul Busiek, in 1981 and approximately one-quarter of the purchase price was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation. All other land was purchased by the Department over the next several years.
The area provides multiple recreation use opportunities. A well marked trail system provides approximately 18 miles of trails for use by hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders. Camping is permitted ONLY with a permit - available through the Springfield Regional office. There is also an unstaffed firearms shooting range available. The range is closed on Monday's for maintenance.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Squirrel,
    • Turkey
  • Shooting Range
    • Rifle or Pistol
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Rifle / Pistol RangeRifle / Pistol Range
  • Hike / Bike / Equestrian TrailHike / Bike / Equestrian Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved

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 Springfield, take Highway 65 south 18 miles.
Shooting Range Info
Range Name
Range Id
Maintenance Days
Closed Monday
Business Hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset unless otherwise posted.
Type of Complex
Range Type
Target Distance
Disabled Access
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information

Little Brown Skink in Busiek State Forest

Little Brown Skink in Busiek State Forest
Little Brown Skink in Busiek State Forest

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Aerial view showing a low river with sandbars. The forested area is losing its autumn leaves.
Aerial view of Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area