Fort Crowder CA

  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)Rifle / Pistol Range (Disabled Accessible)
  • Shotgun RangeShotgun Range
  • Bike TrailBike Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Hunting
    • Dove
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery,
    • Shotgun,
    • Rifle or Pistol
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking

About this Area

Fort Crowder CA

Gravel road running through Fort Crowder CA.
Missouri Department of Conservation

Fort Crowder Conservation Area, located in southern Newton County, was once part of the old, World War II Camp Crowder Army Base. The U.S. Army selected the Neosho site for the base because of its proximity to water, railroads, and highways.

Visitors to the area can still see foundations, fruit trees, open fields and other remnants of many of the hundreds of small farms purchased by the federal government for the 60,000-acre base.

Camp Crowder was named for Judge Advocate General and U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Enoch H. Crowder.

Thousands of soldiers went through basic training here before the camp was decommissioned in the mid 1950s, including Mort Walker, who immortalized the Camp as Camp Swampy in his syndicated comic strip, Beetle Bailey.

Fort Crowder Conservation Area, encompassing 2,362 acres, is approximately 60 percent forested. Primary species include white, black, post, blackjack and red oaks, hackberry, elm, black cherry, black walnut, and ash. The remainder of the area is open and includes 200 acres of native warm-season grasses, 100 acres of crop fields and 600 acres of fields maintained in an early successional stage.

The area hosts various game species, including quail, rabbits and doves in the open areas and large numbers of deer and squirrels. Turkeys have been stocked here and are now present in good numbers.

During your visit to Fort Crowder Conservation Area you may view various forest and wildlife improvement projects in progress from the 11 miles of trails that wind through the area. Wildlife habitat management includes the creation of watering ponds and the manipulation of fields to provide added food sources. Timber harvests, which result in additional forage and cover for forest wildlife are also an important element in habitat management.

Fort Crowder also has a very nice unstaffed firearms shooting range and archery range. The shooting range located on Owl Road features 25, 50 & 100 yard ranges as well as an informal shotgun field. Shotgun shooters must provide their own clay targets and thrower. The shooting range is closed on Mondays for maintenance. The archery range is located on eastern edge of the conservation area on Parrot Road and features a walk through field range as well as a static archery range.

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
Directions
In Neosho at the Highway 59 and Route HH junction, take Route HH east 3.50 miles.
For more information call:
(417) 895-6880
Shooting Range Info
Range Id
2981
Maintenance Days
Monday
Business Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Archery Static Target
Target Distance
10,20,30,40,50
Disabled Access
No
Range Id
2982
Maintenance Days
Monday
Business Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Rifle/Pistol
Target Distance
25,50,100
Disabled Access
Yes
Range Id
3045
Maintenance Days
Monday
Business Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Archery Field Target
Target Distance
-
Disabled Access
No
Range Id
3042
Maintenance Days
Monday
Business Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Type of Complex
Unstaffed
Range Type
Shotgun Informal/Patterning
Disabled Access
No
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information