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Maramec Spring Park, Saint James

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#17 of 62 in Nature in Missouri
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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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  • My family went to wander and feed the trout. It's a very beautiful natural place with plenty of room to explore. Be sure to bring quarters if you have kids who will want to feed the trout. We had a lo...  more »
  • This is one place in Missouri that is a "Must See"! Only $5 per vehicle, and you can witness some the beauty of nature not duplicated anywhere else....  more »
  • I haven't encountered too many MORE beautiful, serene places open to the public with easy access like Meramec Springs. It only takes a couple of hours from St. Louis to drive and I think many people d...  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