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The Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area Near St. Louis in the
Missouri Ozarks

Deer Run Conservation Area

Historically significant in our region, Deer Run offers many recreational opportunities for public use. Hunting, fishing, hiking, primitive camping, sightseeing and photography may be enjoyed during all seasons of the year. This 7,475 -acre tract of land lies in the middle of the vast Ozark forest and is typical of the heavily timbered Ozark hills. It supports healthy stands of pine and oak.  About 0.6 miles north on the logging road rests the remains an important piece of Missouri's Civil War history. This fortification, a type of earthen fort or Reden, is also known as Fort Barnesville. For more on Fort Barnesville, on the National Register of Historic Places, please see our Missouri Civil War page. In addition the first steel fire tower in Missouri was erected on the site in 1926. One of the first steps in fire prevention in Missouri, the fire tower is still used today. 

Covering three acres, Buford Pond (a manmade pond thought to have been built by the Missouri Lumber and Mining Company and named for Senator Wilbur Buford from Ellington) is stocked with large mouth bass and channel catfish.  The pond has several shaded picnic tables surrounding it and is the perfect serenely beautiful location to have lunch or just relax.   

Deer Run also has a firearms shooting range and provides shooters with 25-, 50- and 100-yard shooting stations and a shotgun range. Restroom facilities are also located here.  The Civilian Conservation Corps, founded in 1933 as one of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs, had a camp at Deer Run. The rock house that still stands on the property was an administrative center for the camp. Go 3 miles west of Ellington on Highway 106. There are 3 entrances: one is located 3 miles west of Ellington on Hwy 106. Another is located on South Road in Ellington. The other is located on Reynolds County Road 626.

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Missouri Hunting & Fishing Guides:
The opportunities are unlimited for that trophy hunt or that memorable fishing trip you've always wanted when you engage a local guide. Robbie Chadbourne was born and bred in this region and has been an active sportsman since he could bait a hook or hold up a firearm. Robbie also arranges wild hog hunts. To arrange your next guided hunting or fishing expedition call Robbie 573-854-2514.

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To learn much more about the Missouri Vacation Opportunities in the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Recreation Area including dining, shopping, entertainment, historic towns and landmarks, civil war history, float trips and other abundant recreational activites available in our region, please visit Find out why this is the outdoor recreation capital of Missouri!

(Please note: There are numerous designated hunting and fishing areas to be found on public lands and in designated conservation areas in our region. Please respect private property. With connections through friends or acquaintances, willing landowners often give permission to hunt or fish on private property.)

For an atlas of public lands the Missouri Department of Conservation owns, leases or manages for public use in Reynolds County or Iron County click here.  Search by County.  For other Federal lands in our region please click here.

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