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Bennett Spring State Park

Park History

Bennett Spring and its valley have attracted visitors since the mid-19th century. Settlers found the spring-fed streams to be ideal locations for their grist and flour mills and the wilderness around the stream was perfect for hunting. James Brice was one of the first settlers in the area and he built his first mill in 1846. Although several other mills were built at different times, the most successful mill was operated by Peter Bennett, Brice’s son-in-law. Bennett became the namesake for the spring and the spring valley became a popular hunting and camping ground for farmers waiting for their grain to be ground at the mill.

Already a favorite among fishermen, the area became even more popular in 1900 when the Missouri Fish Commissioner introduced 40,000 mountain trout into the spring-fed stream. In 1924-1925, the state purchased the spring and part of the surrounding area to create one of the first state parks. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps contributed much of the present-day character of the park, building cabins, a shelter house, roads, trails, the arched bridge across the spring branch and the rustic dining lodge.

Park Information

The valley that cradles Bennett Spring has created a place of peace and recreation that has welcomed generations of enthusiastic anglers. Bennett Spring State Park is one of Missouri’s earliest state parks and continues today to attract fishermen and nature lovers seeking to make new memories.

More than 100 million gallons of clear, cool water gush from Bennett Spring each day and form a spring branch stocked daily with rainbow trout waiting for lucky fishermen. Fishing may be the main draw but the park also offers many other amenities such as a dining lodge, campgrounds, cabins and hiking trails. Whether you are a traditional fishing enthusiast or someone seeking a place to relax and refresh, Bennett Spring State Park has what you need to make every trip one to remember.

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Park Store

The park store features everything you need for a successful fishing trip, including bait and tackle, supplies such as hats and sunglasses, and daily trout tags. It can also supply the last-minute items you need for camping or picnicking such as food and snacks. Be sure to inquire about fly fishing lessons, perfect for both beginners and experienced anglers.

The motel, cabins, dining lodge, park store, and canoe rental are operated by your concession hosts, Jim and Carmen Rogers. Let Jim and Carmen or a member of their staff make your visit to Bennett Spring State Park special. For more information about the concession facilities at Bennett Spring State Park, please call 417-532-4307.

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Dinning Lodge

We offer a rustic style restaurant for our visitors. The restaurant is located next to the park store. It is open for the season from March 1st until October 31 daily from 7 a.m. until one hour after fishing for the day ends. We offer a diverse menu to suit your needs come in and have a look around . There is a dinner buffet on Friday and Saturday nights as well as a breakfast buffet available on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We have a banquet room available for rent upon request for those big events or gatherings. For more information contact the dining lodge at 417-532-4547.


Hatchery Hours of Operation:
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Call (417) 532-4418 to schedule tours.


Cabins at Bennett Cabins at Bennett Cabins Cabins

Nature Center

Enjoy exhibits interpreting Missouri's springs and the natural environment surrounding Bennett Spring State Park at the park's nature center. Full-time staff offers a variety of nature programs, guided nature walks and year-round school programs. For additional information, please call 417-532-3925.


Feb. 25 through Oct. 31

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

Nov. 1 through Feb. 24

  • Closed

Jim Rogers Fly Fishing School

Bennett Spring's Premier Fly Fishing School

Isn't it time to get away? The Trout School at Bennett Spring State Park is the perfect opportunity for you to get out and experience the wonder of the Ozark Hills. Whether you're an experienced fisherman or a beginner, there's something for everyone to learn from our professional and certified instructors at our fly fishing school. Give us a call today!
1-417-532-4307 ext 2
Jim Rogers Fly Fishing School Information


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