Mill Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

This day use area provides 3 picnic sites, some in groups of two and three for small groups. This area provides access to Mill Creek, which is populated by wild, stream-bred rainbow trout.  The Kaintuck Hollow Trail is also located nearby.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use from 6 am to 10 pm
Reservations: First come, first served
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Parking
Fees: No fees
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
  • No overnight camping in day use areas at any time of year.
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the day use area
  • No trash containers; please pack out all your trash
Closest Towns: Rolla, MO
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District
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General Information


From Rolla,

  • take Interstate 44 west about 6 miles.
  • Exit at Highway T (Newburg, Doolittle exit).
  • Travel south on Hwy T about 3 miles to Hwy P.
  • Turn right on P; go 3 miles and turn left/east on County Road 7550.
  • Travel 2 miles to picnic area.

Recreation Map

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River and Stream Fishing

A Blue Ribbon Trout Area from Yelton Spring to Little Piney Creek, including Wilkins Spring and spring branch.

  • Only artificial lures and flies may be used. Natural, soft plastic and scented baits are prohibited.
  • The daily limit is one trout of 18 inches or greater length.
  • Missouri fishing permit is required, and a trout permit also is required if trout are harvested.
  • Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species.
  • Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks.
Fish Species perch, rainbow trout
Fishing Mode boat, shore, wade
Fishing Platform None
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method fly, pole

Day Hiking


Kaintuck Hollow Trail - 16-miles

Kaintuck Hollow Trail  offers a total of 16 miles of looping trails leading you through an oak forest, interspersed with hickory, cedar, dogwood, and pine plantations for great nature viewing. Kaintuck Hollow Trail offers multiple segmented routes ranging from one to fifteen miles stretches passing such features as a natural bridge, unusual rock formations, and Dewitt Pond.


No. of Sites 3 single sites


Picnic tables: Yes
Parking: 6 vehicles

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