Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Driving Directions

Inside Bennett Spring State Park 12 miles west of Lebanon on Highway 64.

Highlights

The park contains a stretch of the Niangua River and Bennett Spring Branch. Facilities include hiking trails, picnic areas, a nature center, overnight lodging, a restaurant, primitive and improved camping areas, hatchery tours, and a bait-and-tackle shop.

About This Area

In 1924 and 1925, the Missouri State Park system purchased 573 acres of land, including Bennett Spring and the hatchery.

This area formed the nucleus of today's Bennett Spring State Park. The area had been known as Brice, Missouri and was a place where farmers could have their grain milled.

While waiting for the mill to grind their grain the families would enjoy the natural beauty of the spring and fish in the cold, clear stream.

Around 1900 the Neosho National Fish Hatchery stocked Bennett Spring with rainbow trout. This stocking proved to be so popular with customers that a hatchery was built to maintain the fishery.

The goal of providing a quality outdoor experience for customers was the driving force then, just as it is today. The hatchery now provides approximately 400,000 rainbow trout to anglers each year.

A small number of brown trout are also stocked. These fish are stocked from March through October on a nightly basis in Bennett Spring State Park.

Downstream, the Niangua River also receives monthly commitments of trout year-round. These two areas can be accessed by driving west on Highway 64 approximately 12 miles from Lebanon, Missouri.

Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty and many outdoor activities today just as they did at the turn of the last century.

General Information

Southwest

Laclede,Dallas

417-532-4418

Leased

  • Excellent trout fishing opportunities are available in Bennett Spring Branch.
  • Bennett Spring State Park provides camping, cabins, trails, a nature center, restaurant, store, restrooms, picnic tables, playground, etc. within the state park. Call 417-532-4338 for more information.

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Fishing - Trout Good population. Nearby Bennett Spring Branch is stocked daily March - October. Catch and release November - February. 
Other  Bennett Spring State Park provides camping, cabins, trails, a nature center, restaurant, store, restrooms, picnic tables, playground, etc. within the state park. Call 417-532-4338 for more information.  
Tours  Hatchery tours are given. Call for scheduling (417-532-4418). 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fish Hatcheryaccessible   
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  There are disabled fishing jetties several places in the Spring Branch. The park is ADA compliant. 
Parking Lotaccessible   
Staffed Office   Department of Conservation office and hatchery buildings are located on the area. Missouri Department of Natural Resources offices are located nearby. 

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring Bennett Spring 120000000.00 # gallons per day Bennett Spring is one of Missouri's largest springs and provides adequate flows in Bennett Spring Branch to support an excellent trout fishery.  The spring has an annual average flow of 120 million gallons per day or 186 cubic feet per second.  
Stream - Permanent Bennett Spring Branch 1.50 miles Nearby Bennett Spring Branch is stocked daily March - October. Catch and release November - February.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Other 7.50  
Total Area Acres:40.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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