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BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK
BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Missouri   65536

Phone: 417-532-4338
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
Reservations: 877-422-6766
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In the mid-19th century, settlers found Bennett Spring to be an ideal spot for grist and flour mills. Today, most people come to Bennett Spring State Park to struggle with the rainbow trout, or just to marvel at the 100,000,000 gallons of clear, cool water that gush from the spring each day.

The spring valley - once a popular camping ground for farmers waiting for their grain to be ground at the mill - still attracts visitors interested in camping, hiking and canoeing. A Bennett Spring "hike" can be a leisurely stroll along the tree-shaded spring branch, or an invigorating seven miles to tour an interesting natural tunnel. Those looking for less rugged pleasures will enjoy the rental housekeeping cabins, the public swimming pool and the park's rustic dining lodge.

Fishing enthusiasts will be found casting their lines along the spring branch, while others visit the exhibits interpreting Missouri's springs and natural environment at the nature center. Now, at 3,216 acres, the state park that arose around Peter Bennett's spring continues to delight all comers.
Camping
Bennett Spring State Park has five campgrounds and offers basic, electric, and sewer/electric/water campsites. Services available include reservable sites, a dump station, showers and laundry. Water is available April 15 through Oct. 15.

Campground 1 is open year-round. Campgrounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 are closed November through Feb. 24.

For reservations, there is a required minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.
Meeting Rooms
A meeting room located in the dining lodge can be reserved for a variety of special events including reunions, conferences and wedding receptions. The facility can accommodate approximately 60 guests and is fully furnished. For reservations or questions regarding the meeting room, please contact Donna at (417) 532-4547.
Nearby Accommodations
Meadow View Ranch Guesthouse - Lebanon, MOCottages and Cabins
Come stay with us 170 acres of rolling hills in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Close to State Parks, National Forests, Conservation Areas, and the Niangua River. Many great places to shop just a car ride away. Located 10 miles from town. Pets welcome
5.4 miles from park*
Events
May 7
Kids Free Fishing Day
Kid's Free Fishing is for kids age 15 and under. The fishing area will be from the hatchery outlet in zone 2 (located above the Whistle Bridge) to the last set of concrete stairs in zone 3 and will be marked with yellow signs. We ask that adults do not actively fish in the kids-only area, but please do help your children learn the joy of fishing. This area will be stocked heavily with fish and lunkers to ensure the kids have the opportunity to be successful. Volunteers will be on hand in the fishing area to assist kids and offer advice on fishing. A free lunch will be provided at Shelter House B (located in Zone 2) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for children age 15 and under. Free educational events will also take place around shelter from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

If you would like more information about this event or would like to volunteer for Kid's Free Fishing, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation's Bennett Spring Hatchery by phone at 417-532-4418 or e-mail the hatchery manager Ben Havens at ben.havens@mdc.mo.gov or assistant hatchery manager Mike Perry at michael.perry@mdc.mo.gov.

Fishing times: 6:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.

June 11 - June 12
Free Fishing Weekend
Free Fishing Weekend allows anyone to fish for free in Missouri without a state fishing permit or daily trout tag; however, all other fishing rules and limits apply. Stocking for this event will be generous to provide participants the opportunity to be successful. The event is set and regulated by the Missouri Department of Conservation..

If you would like more information about this event, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation's Bennett Spring Hatchery by phone at 417-532-4418 or e-mail the hatchery manager Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov.

Fishing times: 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Swimming
The swimming pool is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at Bennett Spring State Park. Pool hours are from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A fee is charged.
Boating
Canoe Rental:

Canoes and rafts are available for rent on an individual or group basis for float trips on the Niangua River. Reservations can be made beginning in April for trips starting the second week in May at the earliest. The season typically runs from Memorial Day to the second weekend in September. Float trips are available every day of the week except for Wednesdays. Beginning the first day of September, float trips are limited to Saturday and Sunday only.

Ho Hum is a nine-mile float trip lasting four to five hours. Weather permitting, the trip departs every day of the week except for Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Rafts depart at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only.

For additional information, please call (417) 532-4307.


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Things To Do in the Area
Redbeard's Ranch - Lebanon, MOHorseback Riding
Redbeard's Ranch is a peaceful, scenic, 295-acre, family-oriented campground in Missouri Ozark hill country with approximately 1 mile of Niangua River frontage. Shaded campsites line the riverfront while the wooded hills and open meadows are ideal for other activities such as horseback riding, hiking, bird-watching, and hunting.
3.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 6 for the outdoorsmans paradise. by bigbird81
This is one of my best trout parks in Missouri. My family has their family reunion there and the memories you can get from this place are ones to share for a life time. I look forward to going there every year...
July 25 by A. Davis
Very nice nature center. Kids loved the trails. An inexpencive outing for the grandkids.
July 5 Absolutely Wonderful by Rog Jr.
Great fishing beautiful stream Loved the hatchery great place to take my grandaughter.


Area Campgrounds
Fort Niangua River Resort, Inc.
84 Cat Hollow Trail
Lebanon, MO
417-532-4377
Redbeard's Ranch
30075 Marigold Drive
Lebanon, MO
417-533-7337
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Directions
From St. Louis:

Bennett Spring State Park is 161 miles from the I-270 and I-44 interchange; the trip will take about 3 hours 15 minutes depending on traffic. Go west on I-44 for 148 miles to Exit 129; you are now in Lebanon. At the top of the off ramp, turn right onto Hwy. 5 /Hwy. 32. Stay straight on Hwy. 5 for 1.5 miles, until you reach the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Hwy. 5. Go straight on Hwy. 64 for 10.5 miles then turn left on Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park.

From Kansas City:

Bennett Spring State Park is 178 miles from Arrowhead Stadium; the trip will take about 4 hours 45 minutes depending on traffic. Drive east on I-70 for 68 miles to Exit 78A. Go south on U.S. Hwy. 65 for 90 miles to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 65 and Hwy. 64 at the village of Louisburg. Turn left on Hwy. 64 and drive for 17 miles then turn right on Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park.

From Jefferson City:

Bennett Spring State Park is approximately 95 miles from Jefferson City and should take about 2 hours 15 minutes depending on traffic. Drive west on U.S. Hwy. 54 for 58 miles to the town of Camdenton. Turn left onto Hwy. 5 and go 25 miles to the town of Lebanon. Turn right on Hwy. 64 and drive 10.5 miles then turn left on Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park.

From Springfield:

Bennett Spring State Park is approximately 63 miles from Springfield and should take 1 hour 30 minutes depending on traffic. Drive east on I-44 for 51 miles to Exit 129; stay in the left turn lane on the exit ramp. You are now in Lebanon. Turn left onto Hwy. 32/Hwy. 5 and stay straight on Hwy. 5 for 1.5 miles, until you reach the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Hwy. 5. Go straight on Hwy. 64 for 10.5 miles then turn left onto Hwy. 64A. Travel for one mile until reaching the state park.

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