Maramec Spring Park, Saint James

4.4
#23 of 61 in Nature in Missouri
Maramec Spring is located on the Meramec River near St. James in the east-central Ozarks of Missouri. The fifth largest spring in the state with an average daily discharge of 153cuft of water per second, it is part of an area known for its karst topography with many springs and caves. The spring and 1800 acres (7.3 kmĀ²) are privately owned by the James Foundation which maintains the area as a park open to the public, and were donated by Lucy Wortham James. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a trout hatchery and fishery at the spring. There are also ruins of a historic iron works, which took advantage of the available hydropower. The spring was declared a National Natural Landmark in October 1971.DescriptionThe spring has an average daily discharge of about 100 million gallons USGS. The natural history of the spring and the history of the iron works are highlighted in a museum operated by the James Foundation at the site. Another museum in the park features agricultural tools utilized in the area over the years.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Love this park and it's natural beauty. For some reason on our last visit, it seemed like the water was so much more clear and clean than the past few visits. Love walking along the stream up to the f...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Here you can walk around the beautiful state park, feed fish, they have BBQ pits, pavillions, playgrounds for the kids and ball courts. Wonderful place to spend the day or even for a lunch time picnic...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    This is our second visit to Maramac Spring Park. It is beautiful, peaceful setting. Great place to visit and enjoy the ambience.  more »
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  • May 2, 2017
    Be sure to bring money ! It's $5 to park/enter. There are little machines along the way to place quarters into and they will dispense fish food. The kids have a great time feeding the fish and watching them ! The park is beautiful - picturesque !
  • June 27, 2017
    I have been coming here for years and the bathrooms have never been update. The bathrooms are horrible. Please spend some of the money you charge for camp sites to update and beautify the bathrooms!
  • July 4, 2017
    Love it all...museums, picnic pavilions, the fish, playgrounds for kids...awesome place!
  • March 19, 2017
    Smaller trout than other parks but alot of fish. Goodplace for the family few lunkers here an there
  • June 21, 2017
    Was only going to drive through and look, 5 dollars just to enter

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