Special-Use Area

at Bennett Spring State Park

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A special-use camping area is available for use by nonprofit organizations. This area is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and may be reserved by calling 417-532-4338. Organized youth groups (Scouts, 4-H, church, etc.) have priority.

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 arrival.
  • 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, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

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
    Closed on state holidays. 
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Nov. 1 through Feb. 24
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • The park office is closed on state holidays.

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. - 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday