Wilhelmina Conservation Area is located about six miles southeast of Qulin and lies in both Butler and Dunklin counties. The Butler County portion of the area lies two miles south of Highway 53 and is accessible off County Road 220 via an unimproved dirt road. The Dunklin County land is bisected by Route DD and several county roads.
This 1,476-acre conservation area is named after the small town of Wilhelmina, which is partially surrounded by Department-owned land. Purchased between 1980 and 1987 with Conservation Department funds, Wilhelmina Conservation Area fills a void in a region that previously had very little public land.
Part of the area lies along the channel of the St. Francis River. The river has been diverted into the Wilhelmina Cutoff and the old river channel has become a backwater slough. The cutoff also passes through the Wilhelmina Conservation Area.
Forested areas are dominated by bottomland hardwood tree species including bald cypress, water tupelo, red maple, water hickory, green ash, willow, pin oak, overcup oak, and willow oak.
During your visit to the area, you may see various forest improvement practices designed to improve wildlife habitat and to maintain watershed quality. Any disturbance is only temporary, and the normal aesthetic appearance will soon return.
Wildlife management includes manipulation of fields within the forest to provide added food sources. Open areas are maintained to supplement natural conditions. Timber harvests are also an important element in the production of forage and cover to create suitable wildlife habitat for the greatest diversity of game and non-game species.