Maramec Spring Park

Driving Directions

From St. James, take Highway 8 southeast 6 miles to Maramec Spring Park.


Operated by the James Foundation, this is one of four trout parks in the state.

The area is predominantly forest.

Facilities/features: improved camping, primitive camping, hatchery, picnic areas/pavilions, fishing jetties, viewing decks, Maramec Spring, and two permanent streams (Maramec Spring Branch, Meramec (sic) River).

The park also features museums, volleyball and tennis courts, and a restaurant.

General Information





  • The James Foundation, 573-265-7387, owns and operates all facilities not associated with the trout hatchery. Maramec Spring Park.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Excellent area for bird watching. Numerous bald eagles can be seen during the winter. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  48 primitive sites, 10 electric. Campground operated by the James Foundation. 
Canoeing  Float the Meramec River from Highway 8 Access to Scott's Ford nine miles. 
Exhibits/Displays  Museums have numerous displays of cultural and natural history 
Fishing - Bass Fair population. In the Meramec River 
Fishing - Sunfish Good population. In the Meramec River 
Fishing - Trout Good population. Spring branch 
Highlighted Activities  Kids Fishing Day, Girl's Gone Fishing, Old Ironworks Day, Derby Day 
Hiking  No MDC designated trails - James Foundation manages trails 
Tours  Tours available for museums and spring.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fish Hatcheryaccessible   
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible   
Parking Lotaccessible   
Picnic Table    
Privy/Restroomaccessible  One is ADA accessible  
Staffed Officeaccessible   
Visitor Centeraccessible  Staffed center with exhibits and displays maintained by The James Foundation 573-265-7387 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring Maramec Spring 96000000.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Permanent Maramec Spring Branch 0.87 miles  
Stream - Permanent Meramec River 2.00 miles 2 miles of frontage on both sides 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 160.00  
Old Field 7.00  
Forest and Woodland 1693.00 Oak, Hickory, some Shortleaf pine. 
Total Area Acres:1388.01 

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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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