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Montauk State Park
MONTAUK STATE PARK
MONTAUK STATE PARK
RR 5, Box 279
Salem, Missouri   65560

Phone: 573-548-2201
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
Reservations: 877-422-6766
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Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park
'July 6-08 Montauk Arts Music'
© All photos property of LaVonne Schwien 2329 St. Rt. 17 Mtn.View, Mo. 65548

Montauk Mill in all HER GLORY photo by LaVonne Schwien

Montauk State Park
'ROOM for EVERYONE '
© All photos property of LaVonne Schwien 2329 St. Rt. 17 Mtn.View, Mo. 65548

No matter what your style of fishing, Montauk is the order of your summer fishing holiday. RELAX ...... photo by LaVonne Schwien

Montauk State Park
'Nursery'
© All photos property of LaVonne Schwien 2329 St. Rt. 17 Mtn.View, Mo. 65548

The Montauk State Park fish hatchery is a very busy place. Lots of splish-splash goes on here. Young and not so young vistors ,enjoy feeding the fish. photo by LaVonne Schwien

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Offering some of the finest trout fishing in the Midwest, Montauk State Park is located at the headwaters of the famed Current River. The park's springs combine with tiny Pigeon Creek to supply 43 million gallons of water to the river each day. The cool, clear stream is an ideal home for rainbow trout, and the scenic valley is the perfect setting for camping, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

Anglers descend on Montauk State Park from March 1 to Oct. 31 for the official trout season, and on winter weekends for a catch-and-release season. After a day of fishing, you can tour the park's trout hatchery, managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Early settlers first established Montauk as a self-sufficient community in the early 1800s. A gristmill, built in 1896, is open seasonally for tours.

For visitors wishing to spend a night or more in the park, Montauk offers a wide variety of choices. The large campground, equipped with modern restrooms, hot showers and dump stations, features both basic and electric sites. The park offers rental cabins with kitchens, modern fourplex cabins and motel rooms for guests choosing to spend the night indoors. A modern dining lodge opens daily during the trout season and on weekends during the catch-and-release season.
Camping
Montauk State Park Campground Information

All campground loops are open year-round. The campground showerhouses and coin-operated laundries are open seven days a week from Feb. 25 through October.

Campground guests may purchase firewood from the campground woodlot. From Feb. 25 through October, the woodlot is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

From November through Feb. 24, the woodlot is closed. During those months, wood is available on weekends from the dining lodge during their business hours.

For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Montauk State Park does not have a special-use area for organized groups. Groups can use and reserve individual sites as allowed by current policies.
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Picnicking
The park has two open picnic shelters perfect for large family gatherings or special outings. Both shelters have picnic tables, outdoor grills, a children's playground and restroom facilities nearby. There is also a playground facility located in the campground.

The "new" shelter can be reserved for $30 per day, accommodates up to 70 guests and is equipped with electrical outlets. The "old" shelter can be reserved for $25 per day and accommodates roughly 30 guests.

If not reserved, the shelters are available at no charge on a first-come first-served basis.
Trails
Whether you're out for a leisurely stroll, or ready for a rugged hike through the Ozark hills, Montauk State Park has much to offer! Check the park program posters posted throughout the park for naturalist-guided hikes (offered March-October). Of course, feel free to walk Montauk's beautiful trails on your own. For more information on Montauk's hiking opportunities, contact the park naturalist.

Pine Ridge Trail : If your interested in a relatively challenging walk, Pine Ridge Trail is perfect for you. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes with rugged "grippy" soles. There are two trail heads for this trail: one starts directly behind the old stone picnic shelter and the other is located just beyond the naturalist's office. The trail does not make a complete loop, so if you decide to park at one end and walk the one and one-half mile trail, you will need to walk another three-tenths of a mile along the road to get back to your car.

The trail begins by leading you through Montauk's Upland Forest Natural Area. This was designated in 1979 as a premier example of one of Missouri's special native ecosystems. The natural area is made up of approximately 40 acres of dry upland oak and pine forest. As you approach the top of the hill, you will start to notice more and more huge shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine tree.

A prominent highlight of the trail is reached toward the hatchery end. Just before descending down a hillside to the end of the trail, you will be treated to one of the most beautiful views in Montauk State Park. The trees open up to a breathtaking view of Bluff Spring and Montauk Lake below, and Jack Pond Ridge across the valley. Look for great blue herons near the water, or (in the winter season) bald eagles soaring above.

Montauk Lake Walk : Although not yet an officially designated trail, this is one of the most popular places to walk in the park. This hike is great for visitors wanting an easier stroll. You don't need hiking shoes, but we do recommend something more than sandals, since the road surface is gravel. It's excellent for small children and strollers. The hike starts at the naturalist's office, near the hatchery office. Just follow the gravel road that begins at the north end of the public parking area. Feel free to walk or ride your bicycles in this area, but no motorized vehicles.

This walk is approximately one-fourth of a mile, and makes a loop. There are other foot trails along the way if you want to extend your hike a little.

You will see a wide variety of sights within a very short distance. Montauk Lake is actually an artificial wetland area created as a result of an old hatchery impoundment.

A highlight on this hike is Bluff Spring, one of many spring outlets within the park. This particular spring provides all the water for the lake area rearing pools, the hatchery building and the spring branch. Look for the active beaver lodge, located in the middle of the large central wetland (look for a large mound of sticks and mud). Other highlights to look for, especially in late summer and early fall, are the variety of colorful berries produced by trees, shrubs and vines, such as blackberries, raccoon grape, wild grape, greenbrier, spicebush, flowering dogwood, hackberry and Carolina buckthorn. Also, notice the beautiful large pink blooms of the rose mallow, a native wetland wildflower.
Nature Programs
From March through October, park naturalists offer a variety of interpretive programs, including nature walks, live animal demonstrations, evening programs, nature games, nature crafts, storytelling and mill tours.

Program schedules are posted on bulletin boards in the campground, picnic areas, the lodge, mill and naturalist's office. Programs are one hour or less (unless otherwise noted), free of charge and do not require reservations. Parents should accompany children to programs.

During the winter season, the park naturalist will travel upon arrangement to surrounding communities to provide programs for civic groups and assist school teachers with science and natural history lessons.

The Mill

The mill at Montauk State Park is over 100 years old. This historic site was a vital part of the Montauk Community into the 1920s. Built in 1896, the "Old Mill" had elaborate milling machinery. Much of it is still located there. Free guided tours of the mill are given on weekends. Hours vary, depending on demand and scheduled group tours. New schedules are posted each week showing times and dates for available public tours. For information regarding tours or to schedule a special group tour, contact the park naturalist at (573) 548-2225.
Area Attractions
The mill at Montauk State Park is over 100 years old. This historic site was a vital part of the Montauk Community into the 1920s. Built in 1896, the "Old Mill" had elaborate milling machinery. Much of it is still located there. Free guided tours of the mill are given on weekends. Hours vary, depending on demand and scheduled group tours. New schedules are posted each week showing times and dates for available public tours. For information regarding tours or to schedule a special group tour, contact the park naturalist at (573) 548-2225.

The Rose Holland Trout Derby is held at Montauk State Park each year during the first full weekend in October. Various smaller trout derbies are held during the remainder of the trout season.

The Missouri Department of Conservation sponsors tours of the trout hatcheries. For information on a schedule of tours, contact the hatchery personnel at (573) 548-2585.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 5 my stay at montauk
we always enjoy staying at montauk the fishing is great we go about 2 times a year such a great place
October 28 Grounds beautiful, Cabin needs update by CallIt
Cabin 20 overrun by ladybugs which dropped on me at night. Bath sink cracked, dirty. Bath moldy, spattered, wood rot. No TV, internet, coffee pot. Grounds beautiful.
September 30 Birth Place by Dan Lovekamp
When I was adopted this is where my new parents picked me up some 47 years ago. Ive visited every year since.. Most relaxing place I know.
August 4 Breath Of Fresh Air
Had a fantastic time, hike, bike, fish, eat ice cream from the lodge and enjoy the wonders of the wild that we are so graciously offered... 7-27 _ 7-29-09
July 24 everything about the park is great. by 50 years a visitor
July 7 best trout park in missouri by joed1982
ive been going to montauk for 24 years. havnt found a better one in Mo. i plan to have my ashes poured in the current when i pass on.
June 25 best.place.ever by Corey
an AWESOME place for any type of trout fisher, newbie or very experienced, a great place to take your family as well!
May 23 Stay at Montauk by Rita13
WE stayed here last year with 2 children and we all loved it! Very relaxing and pretty. We loved feeding the trout and hiking! Our room was clean and homey! We will stay again this year!


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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
Web Site: meadowviewranch.com/
62.7 miles from park*
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Directions
From St. Louis : Montauk State Park is 140 miles from St. Louis. Travel west on I-44 to Rolla. Exit onto U.S. Hwy. 63 south. At Licking, turn left onto Hwy. 137 and follow it through town for three miles. Turn left onto Route VV and travel 10 miles to Hwy. 119. Turn right and enter the state park.

From Salem : Montauk State Park is 22 miles from Salem. Travel west on Hwy. 32 to Hwy. 119. Turn left onto Hwy. 119 and continue for 10 miles to the state park.

From Springfield : Montauk State Park is 110 miles from Springfield. Travel east on U.S. Hwy. 60 to Cabool. Turn left/north onto U.S. Hwy. 63. Ten miles north of Houston, turn right onto Route P and travel one mile to Hwy. 137. At Hwy. 137, turn left and travel three miles to Route VV. Turn right onto Route VV and continue 10 miles to Hwy. 119. Turn right and enter the state park.

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