Bryant Creek Tributaries
Creek is the fifth largest tributary of the Bryant.
The Fox Creek watershed lies south of Norwood and Mountain Grove. It extends
south almost to the Ozark County line. Rainwater falling on the watershed
drains to the south from Highway ZZ and also from a county gravel road,
and to the east from Highway C and Snyder Ridge near Bertha. Highway
95 is the eastern boundary.
Photo Story: New Bertha Bridge
Shannon Ranch Conservation Area contains 1,325 acres
of public land on both sides of Highway 95 north of Drury. Hunting and
primitive camping are allowed in the area. It is located one and a quarter
miles south of Vanzant on Highway 95.
Coldspring, near the tributary Clever Creek, is on Highway 76. Denlow,
near Fox Creek, is on Highway 76. Champion
is on the creek at the end of Highway WW, off C Highway. The small communities
of Prior, Vanzant, Drury, and Gentryville are located along Highway 95.
Roads: Highway 14 crosses the deep valley of Fox
Creek west of Gentryville. Highways AE and ZZ both end at the creek near
the Wright/Douglas County line. There are many county gravel roads in
the watershed. You can drive on county gravel along Fox Creek for about
9 miles from the end of Highway AE south to Denlow. Highway ZZ runs along
the East prong at the top of Fox Creek, while county gravel runs along
upper Fox Creek to Highway C.
Watershed Size: About 105 square miles.
Elevation varies from 1,580 feet above sea level at the northeast corner
of the watershed to 720 feet at the confluence with the Bryant. Maximum
relief is 860 feet.
Fox Creek is perennial for about 8 miles upstream from its mouth. Its
total length is about 22 miles. Upper Fox Creek and the East Prong are
both perennial for a mile or two above their confluence. Other tributaries
include Clever Creek and Greasy Creek.
Landscape & Special Features
The steep valley slopes of lower Fox Creek are mostly forested. The
bottom and some of the wider ridges have been cleared for pasture. Much
of the moderate slopes, ridge tops and bottom lands of the middle and
upper Fox Creek watershed has been cleared for pasture. There are significant
areas of forested land as well, particularly in areas of steeper slopes.
There are five springs at the headwaters of the East Prong and Fox Creek
that keep the upper stream perennial. There are sinkholes on Tick Ridge
on the west side of the drainage.
Topographic Maps: Brushy Knob, Vanzant, Rockbridge, and Gentryville.
School Districts: Mountain Grove, Skyline, and part of Norwood.