Montauk State Park

Cool, clear and it brings out the kid in you

by Tom Uhlenbrock

SALEM, Mo. – Early settlers lowered an anvil on a rope into the turquoise waters of Montauk Spring in an attempt to measure its depth. The weight dropped 367 feet – longer than a football field - and stopped. Without reaching bottom.

“The anvil got so deep that the water pressure started pushing it back up again,” said Steve Bost, the naturalist at Montauk State Park, which is located where the spring emerged on the banks of Pigeon Creek.

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Fish, float and frolic in the Current River

Where's a great, not-so-challenging place to hike if I live in Rolla?

Last week, Carrie Bellue asked us this on our Facebook page:
I'm in south central missouri near rolla, and new to the state. I love nature but don't know where to start exploring. I'm in my 50s so I'm NOT looking for a backpack trip or anything too strenuous. Give me a day trip assignment...where's a good

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Where should I hike near Rolla?

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Hooked: Opening day of trout season a long tradition

LEBANON – Rick Langdon and Ken Henry shared a bit of fisherman’s remorse with Gov. Jay Nixon on the opening day of trout season at Bennett Spring State Park.

“Been coming here since I was 14, and didn’t catch a fish for the first time ever,” said Langdon, who is 46 and from Conway, Mo. Henry also lamented being shut out.

“It’s been slow,” agreed the governor. “They’re out there, though.”

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Three trout parks. Streams stocked every night. Hope springs eternal.

7 Wonders of the Ozarks

THAYER, Mo. – Peering from an overlook into the chasm of Grand Gulf State Park, it is easy to see why the area is known as the “Little Grand Canyon of the Ozarks.”

Deeper than it is wide, the sheer rock walls drop some 130 feet, revealing the remnants of a collapsed cave. Part of the cave roof that didn’t tumble down some 10,000 years ago remains as a 250-foot-long natural bridge.

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Peering from an overlook into the chasm of Grand Gulf State Park, it is easy to see why the area is known as the “Little Grand Canyon of the Ozarks.”

Eagles soar above state parks

Wag the tail of the dog days

By Tom Uhlenbrock

What’s a matter, Bunky? Heat and humidity got you down? Feel like a flower wilting in the sun? Already dreaming of a white Christmas?

Missouri offers several sure-fire ways to beat the dog days of summer. Here are a few tried-and-true favorites.

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Missouri offers several sure-fire ways to beat the dog days of summer. Here are a few tried-and-true favorites.

10 scenic spots to float

The Prongs on the Jacks Fork: Considered by some to be Missouri’s prettiest float, this is the top of the river and usually a spring trip because it requires high water. Streaked bluffs decorate the eight miles down to the Buck Hollow access at Highway 17.  

Jacks Fork from Alley Spring to Eminence: A year-round float because the spring pumps 84 millions gallons of crystal clear, chilly water a day into the river. The ancient Alley Mill by the turquoise waters of the spring boil is one of the state’s most photogenic spots.  

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The Prongs on the Jacks Fork: Considered by some to be Missouri’s prettiest float, this is the top of the river and usually a spring trip because it r
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