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Shelter A

at Bennett Spring State Park

Historic rock picnic shelter

To reserve this shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 417-532-4338 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter may be reserved for any day of the week during any time of the season. Your reservation gives you use from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Shelter Amenities
  • Nine picnic tables
  • One grill
  • Water fountain and spigot available April 15-Oct. 31
  • Vault toilets
  • Length x width: 26' x 26'
  • Maximum occupancy: 50
  • Distance to beach: 200 feet
  • Distance to playground: 200 feet

For more information about the park's picnic areas, click here.

Interior of shelter, with stone floor and fireplace and wooden picnic tables

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, 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