Maramec Park

Overview

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 20th, 2011
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Maramec Spring Park is home to one of four trout parks in the state of Missouri. Maramec is unique as a privately owned park operated by the James Foundation while its fishery is administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Maramec Spring Hatchery produces about 100,000 trout a year that are all stocked in Maramec Spring Park. Trout are received as three- inch fingerlings from Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery at Branson, MO. The trout are fed three times a day, growing three-fourths to an inch each month. The fish are reared in a raceway fed by the water from Maramec Spring. The fish are stocked at a rate of 2.25 fish per daily tag sold and are at least 12 inches in length. An additional 40,000 trout are hauled in from Montauk Hatchery each year to be stocked in the park.

Maramec Spring Hatchery is one of five trout hatcheries operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. These hatcheries stock close to 1.9 million trout in Missouri waters each year. Over a million of those rainbows were stocked in the trout parks.

Maramec Spring Hatchery also manages Indian Trail Hatchery, a warmwater facility that raises farm pond fish, located near Salem.

Fishing Hours in Missouri Trout Parks

Open
Close
Month CST DST CST DST
March 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
April 7:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
May 6:30 a.m. 8:15 p.m.
June 6:30 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
July 7:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
August 7:30 a.m. 7:15 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 11 and ends November 4, 2012

Catch & Release Winter Season

  • Winter catch-and-release season is from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February, open only Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday each week.
  • All anglers must possess a trout permit during the winter catch-and-release season.
  • The area open for winter fishing is from the hatchery to the bridge below the old dam in the lower campground.
  • Only flies are permitted during winter catch and release season.  A fly is defined as an artificial lure constructed on a single point hook, using any material except soft plastic and natural and scented bait that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached.
  • Fishing hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Fees
The cost to enter Maramec Spring Park is $5 per car and $25 per bus. School buses may enter without charge.

During “OLD IRON WORKS DAYS” the cost is $15 per car and $25 per bus.

A season parking pass may be purchased for $35. This pass allows you to enter the park throughout the year without being charged a daily fee.

During Kid’s Fishing Day, those vehicles containing a child  age 15 or younger may enter Maramec Spring Park free.

 

Maramec Spring
Maramec has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This spring possesses exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of the United States.

Maramec Spring is the centerpiece of the park. The spring’s water gushes from beneath a huge bluff. It is estimated that the spring produces an average of 100 million gallons of water each day making it the fifth largest spring in Missouri.  Since the spring is fed by rainwater stored deep within the earth, the spring flow is only mildly affected by drought. Heavy rain, over extended periods, can cause the flow to increase significantly.

The daily temperature of the spring water is 56 degrees fahrenheit. As a result, the water never freezes. It appears to be warm in the winter and cold in the summer. The water quality of Maramec Spring is good. Cool, clean water has made it possible for trout to thrive in Maramec Spring.

Be certain to visit the Maramec Museum to learn more about the spring.

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