Northeast of Springfield, Missouri, Bennett Spring State Park has welcomed generations of anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. With over 3,000 acres, the park has a wide range of possible activities to enjoy and plenty of space to explore. Bennett Spring, for which the park is named, gushes more than 100 million gallons of water every day. The branch is stocked daily with rainbow trout, making it a premier destination for fishing.
In addition to the excellent fishing, Bennett Spring State Park offers camping, hiking, and more. There are five campgrounds, one that’s open all year round and offers water, sewer, and electrical sites. Water is generally only available seasonally, between April and the end of October.
Two other campgrounds are open mid-April to the end of October. The last two campgrounds are open late February through the end of October. Some sites accept reservations in advance, and others are first-come, first served. Contact the park office or website for additional information.
On the water, guests can enjoy boating, canoeing, rafting, and more on the Niangua River. Canoes and rafts are available for rental. Additionally, visitors can enjoy Ho Hum, a seasonal floating trip over nine miles down the river. It departs hourly between 8:30 and 11:30 AM.
The park also contains a swimming pool and a wading pool for smaller children. Lifeguards do monitor the pools, which are open for use between Memorial Day weekend through mid-August. Leashed pets are welcome at Bennett Spring State Park. Be respectful and pick up pet waste and don't allow your pet to bother other guests or wildlife.
Bennett Spring State Park is open sunrise to an hour past sunset every day. Other facilities such as the nature center and the dining lodge have seasonal hours. Contact the park for specific seasons, days, and hours. If you’re looking for excellent rainbow trout fishing or a neat place to take your dog for the day or a camping trip, visit Bennett Spring State Park.