Turkey Run Wildlife Area

Horseback Rider at Turkey Run Wildlife Area.
Horseback Rider at Turkey Run Wildlife Area.
Canoeing on Big Cedar Creek near Turkey Run
Taking out at the canoe access at Turkey Run.

At 405 acres this is the largest public hunting area in Jefferson County.  The area is bounded by Cedar Creek on the north and the Van Buren county line on the south.  90% of the area is timberland providing excellent wildlife habitat for wild turkey, deer, squirrels, rabbits and upland game birds.  Additional wildlife habitat is provided by a five acre wetland area, and approximately 40 acres of native prairie grass, pine tree plantings and wildlife food plots. 

Horseback riding enthusiasts can utilize an equestrian primitive camp area and six miles of riding trails. Horse back riding is prohibited during deer and turkey hunting seasons (October through mid-January, and early April through mid-May).  

Canoeists can put in at Turkey Run and take out 6 miles downstream at Round Prairie Park.

No target shooting is allowed in Turkey Run Wildlife Area or any wildlife area managed by Jefferson County Conservation.

Turkey Run Web Page

Turkey Run Map




Location

Turkey Run Wildlife Area is located on Osage Ave in south-central Jefferson County.

Features

  • Hunting
  • Equestrian trail - bridle path
  • Fishing - Cedar Creek
  • Boating - canoe access on Cedar Creek.   
  • Prairie plantings


Operating Hours & Seasons

Horse back riding is prohibited during deer and turkey hunting seasons (October through mid-January, and early April through mid-May).