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Maramec Spring Park, Saint James

(4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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. 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.The park also offers a scenic drive that offers a glimpse into the life in the area while the iron works were operating. The drive takes the viewer to a scenic overview of the park, an old cemetery populated with employees of the works, the iron pit mine, and locations of a few homesteads. The park is also covered with ample picnic areas, including pavilions that are suitable for events.
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  • When my youngest boy was a toddler, I would tie a rope on the back of his little life jacket and take him to Maramec Spring Park to see the massive spring rise out of the rock. 
  • Great trout park; easily accessible from St. Louis and central Missouri; easy access off I-44; great helpful Department of Conservation staff; easy access to the water. 
  • I have been here many times. During off-season, parking is free and crowds are gone. At other times, have $5 cash with you for parking. My husband and I enjoy looking at all the fish. Accessible trail...  more »
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  • We loved it here!! It cost $5 but was well worth it. Beautiful!! The kids loved feeding the fish. They have a museum but looked like it was under construction and was closed. We will have to go back again it's not far off of I-44, South of St. James.
  • LOVED THIS PLACE! Just BEAUTIFUL! The employee in the camp store was AWESOME! He gave us lots of information & ^so helpful!
  • Awesome area! So much to do! Of course I go for fishing but, there is a small info building that talks about the history of the area, business of the people as the area developed and future plans on the park! It's a great place for a safe and visually pleasing stroll! Areas to picnic and play! Lots of area to stretch and a very family friendly business! Great place to take friends and family!
  • Very pretty. Very interesting. Good trout fishing.
  • We come here every year for a reunion. It's always beautiful. Great place for photos. The family always enjoys it.