Points of Interest:
- Wade or bank fish a scenic Ozark stream.
- Look for riparian area birds such as the kingfisher and great blue heron.
Natural Features Description:
Bryant Creek that flows through this natural area is designated as an Outstanding State Resource Waters by the Missouri Clean Water Commission. Bryant Creek supports a number of native fish species from smallmouth bass and longear sunfish to a variety of minnows and darters. This stream is down cut through the Roubidoux and Gasconade formations. This 1.5 miles of stream is just a small part of the larger 39 mile Bryant Creek. Across its entirety, Bryant Creek harbors 15 fish and crayfish species that are endemic to the Ozarks. Ongoing conservation work in the watershed will help to sustain this diverse aquatic life.
This natural area is within Rippee Conservation Area. From Ava head southeast on Highway 14 for nearly 13 miles. At Sweden, turn right (south) on to the gravel County Road 326. Follow the gravel county road for about 1.5 miles down the ridge and hill into a valley. At the “T” intersection turn left (north). Follow the gravel road for a half mile, crossing Bryant Creek. The natural area begins at this crossing and heads south through the conservation area. Hunting and fishing are permitted.