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Fort Crowder Conservation Area

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Fort Crowder Conservation Area
Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

Fans of the famed comic strip “Beetle Bailey” should include this 2,212-acre Missouri Department of Conservation area on their travel schedule.

This site was the location of Camp Crowder Army Base during World War II and it was this site that gave cartoonist Mort Walker the inspiration for “Camp Swampy,” the mythical military base that figures prominently in the cartoon strip.

This link to the comic strip is honored in the Crowder Area’s “Mort Walker Trail,” an 11-mile hiking/bicycling/horse trail. Hunting for all major game species is permitted in season. Primitive camping (no amenities provided) is permitted on the area, except for seasonal closures for some hunting activities (call 417-451-4158 for details).

Dogs must be leashed or confined when not being used for training or hunting purposes. There are no fishable streams or ponds on the area. There is an unmanned shooting range and an archery range on the area.


17136 Route D
Neosho, MO 64850

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Unrestricted
Activities Within 10 Miles
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Not Required
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages