Bennett Spring State Park Links

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Weaver's Tackle Store   The Web site for Weaver's Tackle Store, located 500 yards east of Bennett Spring State Park at Weaver's Campground. Here you'll find a fishing report featuring stream conditions, "hot" lures, weather ... whatever you need to know about current fishing conditions at Bennett Spring. Telephone: (417) 532-4618.

Bennett Spring Trout Park Map  Map of Bennett Spring State Park provided online by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Bennett Spring State Park  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Bennett Spring State Park webpage.

Bennett Spring State Park   The site of Jim Rogers, concessionaire at Missouri's Bennett Spring State Park. Park store: (417) 532-4307.  Cabins: (417) 532-4307. Camping: (417) 532-4338. Dining lodge: (417) 532-4547. 

Bennett Spring   Jo Schaper shares some interesting facts about the spring at Bennett Spring State Park.

Gage House Readings  USGS Bennett Spring stream flow readings from the Gage House in Zone One. 

Jim Rogers' School of Fly Fishing  The best way to learn to fly fish is by attending a fly fishing school.  The best known and longest running fly fishing school in Missouri is the Jim Rogers School of Fly Fishing, located at Bennett Spring State Park.  Classes are designed for both beginners and advanced anglers.  Topics covered include Approach and Presentation, Reading the Water, Fly Selection, Wading, Knots, Tackle Choices, Steam Entomology, and more. Jim Rogers, the school director, has been fishing the Missouri trout parks his whole life, and is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Master Fly Casting Instructor.  His school is designed around an informal atmosphere of friendship, fun, and education.  Telephone: (417) 532-4307.

Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Webcam  Live feed from the Missouri Department of Conservation's webcam. 

Midwest Flies   Midwest Flies has been selling flies wholesale in this part of the country for the past ten years, and now they are selling directly to the public through their Web site. The Midwest Flies Home Page includes a fishing report for Bennett Spring State Park.

Sand Spring Resort   Adjacent to Bennett Spring State Park, Sand Spring Resort offers you lodging, canoeing, rafting, trout fishing, cookouts, a restaurant, and more. Telephone 1-800-543-3474 or 417-532-5857.

Bennett Spring Inn  Next door to Bennett Spring State Park, Bennett Spring Inn offers kitchen suites at motel prices.  All suites have fully-equipped kitchens with separate bedrooms, phones, color television, and king or queen size beds.  Non-smoking rooms with two-person hot tubs are also available. Telephone: (417) 588-9110 or 1-(800) IS TROUT. Catch the comfort!

Circle J Campground   The Circle J Campground overlooks Bennett Spring State Park and offers you lodging, swimming, canoeing, guided trips, and more. Telephone (417) 532-4430.

RiverWood Resort   RiverWood Resort is located on the Niangua River, just one-half mile downstream of Bennett Spring State Park.  Of RiverWood's 156 acres, 76 are river frontage. In addition to fishing at Bennett Spring, guests can fish for largemouth bass in RiverWood's private lake.  If you are looking for up-scale accommodations, you will appreciate RiverWood's well-appointed cabins that include a stone fireplace, fully stocked kitchen, and a deck looking out to the river. These two-bedroom, one-bath cabins feature king and queen size beds, and are furnished in a style to that you are sure to enjoy. For reservations or more information, contact Dick and Yolanda Hobbs or Stan and Dee Wilson at (417) 532-2878, or write to them at 27823 Marigold Drive, Lebanon, MO  65536.

Welcome to Lebanon    Web site introduces you to the city of Lebanon, Missouri, near Bennett Spring State Park.  Web site of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, 186 N. Adams, P.O. Box 505, Lebanon, MO  65536  Telephone (417) 588-3256.

Lebanon's Historic Downtown   The Web site of the Lebanon Downtown Business Association.

Trout Talk   Bennett Spring news brought to you by the Lebanon Daily Record. To subscribe, call (417) 532-9131.

Opening Day 2009   The Black Dog Sports crew was at Bennett Spring State Park on March 1, 2009 videoing the action.  Go to their website to see the video, along with several others of interest.   

Lebanon Daily Record Online   Lebanon area news, sports, and more from the Lebanon Daily Record.

Missouri Resources Magazine  Be sure to check out Diane Tucker's article about Bennett Spring State Park on page 20 of the Winter 2007 issue of Missouri Resources, available in PDF format on the Department of Natural Resources Web site.

Motels and Camping   This site will help you find lodging for your next visit to Bennett Spring.

Motels and Hotels  Another page that will help you find lodging during your stay in Lebanon.

Laclede County Lodging   More Bennett Spring area lodging information, from Larry Dunbar.

Vogel's Homestead Resort   For over 30 years, Vogel's Homestead Resort has been offering Bennett Spring visitors lodging, canoe and raft rentals on the Niangua River, a swimming pool, and a whole lot more. For information, call (417) 532-4097.

Bennett Spring Inn   Bennett Spring Inn features kitchen suites at motel prices. All suites have fully equipped kitchens, with separate bedrooms, phones, color T.V. and king or queen size beds.  Non-smoking rooms with two-person hot tubs are also available. Telephone (417) 588-9110 or 1-800-IS TROUT.

Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce    The Lebanon, Missouri chamber of commerce web site. They also produce a Lebanon visitor's guide which you will find to be very helpful. To request your copy, call them toll free at (866) 532-2666.

Riverfront Campground and Canoe Rental  The Glendennings'  Riverfront Campground and Canoe Rental is located adjacent to Bennett Spring State Park and offers 200 acres of prime camping along the Niangua River. Telephone (417) 588-3386 or 1-888-67 FRONT.

MacCreed's Gallery and Gifts MacCreed's Gallery and Gifts features the art of  Ashley McCormack, Jody Stephenson, Bryon Test, and and Elizabeth Test-McMurphy.  It's conveniently located on Highway 64 a short distance from Bennett Spring State Park.  Telephone (417) 588-7993. 

Flatheadjig Home Page The flat head jig was developed right here in the Missouri Ozarks, and has proven its fish-catching capabilities around the world.  These are extremely effective and can be fished with a fly rod or with spinning gear.  The website offers a wide variety of jigs that you can order directly, and they accept all major credit cards and Pay Pal. 

Country Stop Cabins  Five brand new cabins located on Highway 32 just 6 miles from Bennett Spring State Park.  A special attraction for anglers is their five-acre pond for guests to fish in that is stocked with big catfish, bass, and crappie.  An affordable, relaxed, and comfortable setting to spend time while visiting the Bennett Spring area.  For more information about Country Stop Cabins, call Vivian Fletcher at (417) 589-8266.

Lebanon KOA    The Web site of the KOA campground located about 20 miles from Bennett Spring State Park on I-44, at Exit 123. Telephone (417) 532-3422..

Happy Trails RV Center    Happy Trails RV Center offers RV rentals, sales, and service and is located not far from Bennett Spring  on Campground Rd. at exit 123 on Interstate 44.  Call them at (800) 743-6065 or (417) 533 7530, or email them at

Munger Moss Motel   A famous icon of the Mother Road, the Munger Moss Motel is located at 1336 East Route 66, Lebanon, Missouri 65536. Telephone (417) 532-3111. 

Coach’s Cabin   Located just 3 miles West of Lebanon and 8 miles from the Bennett Spring State Park, Coach’s Cabin is surrounded by 5 fenced wooded acres with approximately 1,400 sq. ft. for your relaxing getaway in this rustic, hand-crafted cabin. Telephone (417) 291-5014, e-mail:

Hampton Inn   Hampton Inn Lebanon is located on I-44 at Exit 127.  Address: 930 Ivy Lane, Lebanon, MO 65536. Telephone: (417) 533-3100.  See;jsessionid=QFFVSYQP3ZMGXJ31AOSMLWQ?ctyhocn=SGFLBHX

Days Inn  Days Inn, 2071 West Elm, Lebanon, Missouri 65536. (417) 532-7111.

Oak Hill Campground   Located 2.2 miles from Bennett Spring, Oak Hill Campground offers an antique store, pool, tent camping, sleeper units, kitchenettes, mobile home sites, and full hook-ups for pull trailers, motor homes, pop-ups, and truck campers. Telephone: (417) 532-6447.

Lebanon Country Club  This semi-private club is located on West Highway 64 between Lebanon and Bennett Spring, and has an excellent restaurant. Phone (417) 532-2901.

Lebanon Outlet Mall  If you enjoy shopping for bargains, be sure to stop by the Factory Stores of America Outlet Center when visiting Lebanon. It is located at 2020 Industrial Drive, Lebanon, MO  65536.  Telephone (417) 588-4142.

Niangua River Oasis  Guided fishing trips on the Niangua, plus Hawk's Hickory BBQ & Catering. Call (417) 532-6333.

Redbeard's Ranch  Redbeard's Ranch is a 295-acre family campground with one mile of frontage on the Niangua River.  Located 4.8 miles north of Bennett Spring State Park, it is owned and operated by Bud and Jane Meador. (417) 533-7337

Fort Niangua  Fort Niangua River Resort has a half-mile of frontage on the Niangua River, and offers fishing, canoeing, hiking on its 200 acres. Located 16 miles east of Highway 65 and 14 miles west of Lebanon.  Phone (417) 532-4377.

Adventures  Adventures Campground is located 3 miles east of Bennett Spring State Park and offers raft, kayak, and canoe rentals on the Niangua River.  Call (417) 588-7238.

Maggard's  Maggard's Canoe & Corkery Campground offers camping and canoe rentals on the Niangua River. Call Dwight and Debby Maggard at (417) 532-7616.

Kayak Base Camp  If you'd like to float the Niangua in a kayak, you'll find rental kayaks available at the Kayak Base Camp.  Call them at (417) 532-3724. 

WhistleStop Campground  WhistleStop Campground is located just 1.5 miles west of Bennett Spring State Park in the heart of the Niangua Valley.  You can contact them at (417) 588-1631.

Menagerie Campground  Menagerie Campground is located about two miles from Bennett Spring State Park on the Niangua River.  Call them at (417) 532-3724. 

Lottie's Rustic Retreat  Lottie's Rustic Retreat is a quaint three-bedroom rental house located on 30 acres about 4 miles west of Bennett Spring State Park.  Call them at (417) 849-2807 or (417) 736-9419.

A Fly Fisher's Guide to Aquatic Insects Stephen R. Moulton II is an aquatic entomologist who helped the late Bennett Spring angler Bob McCalmont with his studies of aquatic insects, and is the one who named Ceraclea maccalmonti after him. 

Bennett Spring Vintage Postcards   Shepherd of the Hills author Harold Bell Wright spent time in the Bennett Spring area, and used the location as the setting for a novel called The Calling of Dan Matthews. Gerry Chudleigh, author of the book Harold Bell Wright's Books and Collectibles has an excellent Web site devoted to Harold Bell Wright.  In addition to containing a lot of interesting information about H.B.W.,  Gerry's site features a page displaying old time photos and postcards of Bennett Spring. If you are interested in the history of Bennett Spring State Park, you will find these photos fascinating. 

Bennett Springs Savanna  Bennett Spring Savanna is one of the last intact Ozark savannas, a globally unique landscape. Page is part of the Web site of the Nature Conservancy.

Niangua River Water Quality Data  Information from the USGS.

On the Lake  Article about Bennett Spring by Rob Piorkowski.

KJEL  Regional radio station KJEL 103.7 FM can be received over a wide area, and includes live broadcasts from Bennett Spring State Park on Opening Day. For their Internet streaming audio, go to



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