Maramec Spring Park, Saint James

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#22 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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  • This is a beautiful park with several shelters that can be rented. We had a family gathering here and couldn't have been happier. Kids will love feeding the fish and if you're looking for a place for ...  more »
  • I've visited the park several times and am always dazzled by its beauty and tranquility - to say nothing of the trout!  more »
  • This State Park used to be an Iron mine you can still see the furnace, all the buildings around the park are breath taking not to mention the beautiful Spring with tons of rainbow trout you can feed. ...  more »
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  • 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 !
  • 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!
  • Love it all...museums, picnic pavilions, the fish, playgrounds for kids...awesome place!
  • Smaller trout than other parks but alot of fish. Goodplace for the family few lunkers here an there
  • Was only going to drive through and look, 5 dollars just to enter

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