Special-Use Area

at Bennett Spring State Park

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The special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. To reserve the area for your group, call 417-532-4338.

Things to know about the special-use area:

  • It is limited to 25 people and five vehicles.
  • The rate is $2 per person per night and is paid at time of reservation.
  • This is a tent area only.
  • There are three fire rings and six picnic tables.
  • The area is open from April 15 through Oct. 31.
  • Water is available in Campground 2.

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds:

Sunrise to one hour past sunset, daily

Dining Lodge hours

7 a.m. to one hour after whistle during trout season

Nature Center hours

Feb. 25 through Oct. 31

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

Nov. 1 through Feb. 24

  • Closed

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)
Feb. 25 through Oct. 31
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)
Nov. 1 through Feb. 24
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Store hours

Fishing Season
One hour before through one hour after the regular fishing day schedule, daily during season 

November through January
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday