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Maramec Spring Park, Saint James

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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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  • Whether you are looking to fish or gaze at wildlife, this is the spot for it all. You can take a stroll down paved walkways or even take a short hike along the rivers edge. Natural beauty is the displ...  more »
  • Maramec Springs is a shining example of why nature should be preserved. Even as an active trout fishery, the springs themselves are a natural wonder most never get to see. I can't remember the gallons...  more »
  • The second day of Spring we decided to make a family outing to the park. We enjoyed that there was access for our stroller to maneuver around the park as well as the park being dog friendly (as long a...  more »
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  • Smaller trout than other parks but alot of fish. Goodplace for the family few lunkers here an there
  • My favorite trout park in Missouri! Easy access to fishing, the park is breathtakingly beautiful and the staff is simple wonderful. I camp in this park several times a year!
  • Great park for trout fishing. You can bank fish the entire stream if you do not have Waders. The hatchery on the other side of the spring is beautiful and interesting to walk through
  • Small mouth and trout. Need i say more?
  • Been here a dozen or more times and the place still humbles me still. Worth it