Hunting & Fishing

The Novinger Area is Famous for Great Deer Hunting

The Novinger Area is Famous for Great Deer Hunting


 Within 10 minutes

Thousand Hills State Park - At the City of Novinger's doorstep is this beautiful state park! Just 4 miles from our city limits, this park offers it all! Enjoy Camping, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming and more. Beautiful water front cabins, dining lodge and a full service marina await you!
Thousand Hills State Park

Union Ridge Conservation Area - 8,110 acres of public hunting, fishing and hiking are available to all of us about 10 minutes north of Novinger! Area sports primitive camping, wetlands, an 11 acre lake with boat ramp. Of course the area host good numbers of deer and turkey and many other species of wildlife along with a well stocked lake and numerous ponds!
Union Ridge Conservation Area

Shoemaker Conservation Area - This is a small conservation area of 259 acres. What it lacks in size it abounds in beauty. It's nestled into rolling hills along Spring Creek. Mushroom hunting at it's best in the spring. A nice place to hike or hunt or just enjoy the rolling hills. Area is about 8 miles northwest of Novinger.
Shoemaker Conservation Area

The Chariton River - The Chariton River flows just outside our city limits. It's loaded with many species of fish including Channel, Blue and Flathead Catfish. Folks in the summer time camp, swim, float and fish along this mostly "lazy river".
Chariton River

Henry Truitt River Access - This Chariton River access is a mile outside our city limits. It is adjoined to Missouri Highway 6. It is a wooded river access with a nice parking lot giving direct access to the river. While there is no boat ramp at this site it is a easy walk to the water.
Henry Truitt River Access

Hazel Creek Lake - This is a 530 acre lake which sports outstanding fishing and good waterfowl hunting in the fall. Most notably, this lake contains a good population of Muskie along with Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and other species. This lakes main purpose when designed was for a clean water source for area communities. That said, it offers a very primitive feel as no gas powered motors are allowed on the lake. Trolling motors only. Two well maintained boat ramps serve you with  outdoor bathrooms available. Enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting and relaxing at this beautiful lake!
Hazel Creek Lake

Kirksville Spur Pond - Here is one of Missouri's winter time Trout fishing resources! Trout fishing is catch and release from November through January. From February through October you may catch 4 trout a day by state wide regulations. The lake is restocked every fall by the conservation department!
Kirksville Spur Pond


Within 30 minutes

Rebels Cove Conservation Area - Area covers 4,235 acres. It is teaming with wildlife, upland bird hunting, waterfowl hunting and fishing along the Chariton River as well as several area ponds. It is situated along the Chariton River and in some cases on both sides. The area is relatively close to the Iowa border. Several wetlands are scattered throughout the area. Primitive camping is allowed in several locations. If you want to get away from all the noise and relax for a bit. Look no more.
Rebels Cove

Big Creek Conservation Area - 1,064 acres This area adjoins Thousand Hills State Park. It is 75% wooded. Enjoy deer and turkey hunting (see regulations) hiking and fishing. This is a beautiful area to visit throughout the year!
Big Creek Conservation Area

Sugar Creek Conservation Area - 2,602 acres This conservation area is very popular for spring and fall turkey hunting! Many other wildlife species can be found here also. This area sports some steeper wooded terrain than you normally find in the Novinger area. In fact, it reminds folks of South Missouri. The area also has an open shooting range for gun enthusiast. Just a short drive away from our local community!
Sugar Creek Conservation Area

Green City Reservoir - This is a sweet little fishing hole setting north of Highway 6 between the communities of Green Castle and Green City. Fishing is by trolling motor only. The lake offers Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill and other species. Waterfowl hunting is also permitted. The lake is just 15 minutes west of Novinger!

Green City Reservoir

Locust Creek Conservation Area - 3,451 acres  The Locust Creek Conservation Area is situated along a beautiful stream. Actually the stream runs right through the middle of the area! The bottom lands are mixed with wetlands and cropland, the hillsides are hardwood forest. There is something here for all outdoor enthusiast! You can enjoy hiking, fishing and hunting along with all types of nature watching. Primitive camping is also allowed. The area borders the City of Milan on the areas east side. This community is about 30 minutes west of Novinger!
Locust Creek Conservation Area

Elmwood Lake - This is a sweet little 220 acre lake teaming with fish! Small outboards and trolling motors are allowed. This little "Honey Hole" is just north of Milan 25 minutes west of Novinger. Fall Waterfowl Hunting is allowed too. You might just get "hooked" on a new place to fish!

Elmwood Lake

Mullanix Ford River Access - If you're interested in canoeing or simply enjoying a beautiful view of the Chariton River, travel about 15 miles north of Novinger to the Mulanix Ford River Access! This is like look back into time as you visit an area of the river that has not been channelized. Find a map and directions at the link below. A concrete boat ramp gives you easy access to the river!
Mullanix Ford River Access

Archangel River Access - Here is a river access a little easier to reach complete with a boat ramp! Archangel Access is about 30 minutes north of Novinger and is located just off of Highway 136. There is great fishing in these stretches of water. Rebel's Cove Conservation Area is another 10 or so miles north of this site. River access is available there as well and provides a nice stretch of river to float between the two!
Archangel River Access


Within 45 minutes

Long Branch Lake and State Park - To the south of Novinger near Macon. Mo. is Long Branch Lake. It features boating, swimming, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing as well as fishing and hunting. The lake exceeds 2,400 acres of water. There are thousands of public acres surrounding this beautiful lake! Check out the links below.
Long Branch Lake and State Park

Mineral Hills Conservation Area - About 45 minutes northwest of Novinger is this heavily wooded, rolling hills, conservation area. It supports good numbers of deer and turkey. Almost could be described as one of those "middle of nowhere places". This area covers 1,979 acres!
Mineral Hills Conservation Area

Indian Hills Conservation Area - Indian Hills Conservation Area is about 45 minutes to the northeast of Novinger. It's unique landscape includes old marshes, a small stream, grasslands, crop fields and lots of timber! Deer and Turkey abound and you may even see an occasional pheasant in this area. Hiking and primitive camping is always available. The area is just shy of 4,000 acres!
Indian Hills Conservation Area

Atlanta Conservation Area - The Atlanta Conservation Area lies along Long Branch Lake. It is about 45 minutes to the south of Novinger just west of Highway 63. If you enjoy water fowling and viewing this is a great place to get away to! The area has several wetlands on it along with crop fields and timber.  These two combined conservation areas total 4,800 acres! Check it out at the link below.
Atlanta Conservation Area


Within 60 miles

Thomas Hill Reservoir - About an hour to the south of Novinger is Thomas Hill Reservoir. It along side of it the Thomas Hill Power Plant. In the winter time warm water flows back into the lake providing a unique fishing opportunity. The lake is full of Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and last but not least Striped Bass! Camping and swimming & recreation can be enjoyed by all! This area is just shy of 5,000 acres!
Thomas Hill Reservoir

Swan Lake Wildlife Refuge - If you enjoy water fowling either hunting or just watching this is a beautiful place to visit. On the area is a wildlife watch tower where many species of birds, fowl and animals can be viewed.
Swan Lake Wildlife Refuge

Fountain Grove Conservation Area - This area can be a duck hunters dream! It is one hour and fifteen minutes to the southwest of Novinger. While "The Grove" has been around for some time in the last few years major renovation has taken place on this area! Camping is available. Hunters can also enjoy upland bird hunting as well as deer & turkey hunting. It is a great place to visit anytime of the year! The Grove covers 7,154 acres!!
Fountain Grove Conservation Area


Coming Soon... 

East Locust Creek Reservoir - The Novinger community is looking forward to our neighbors to the west completing the future East Locust Creek Reservoir. This lake will exceed 2,400 acres of water. As development is completed there will be a full service marina, park & swimming area, boating, hiking, fishing and hunting. It will serve as a water reservoir for several area counties and industries. Land continues to be purchased as they near the start of this awesome project. The lake will be just north of Milan, Mo., 5 miles north of Missouri Highway 6. Watch for upcoming developments on the City of Novinger Face book page! Feel free to visit this website for more information.
East Locust Creek Reservoir

East Locust Creek Map