2015 Calendar of Events

Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon, Missouri

Maramec Spring Park, St. James, Missouri

Montauk State Park, Salem, Missouri

Roaring River State Park, Cassville, Missouri

 




MARCH 1     OPENING DAY OF 2015 MISSOURI STATE CATCH-AND-KEEP TROUT SEASON. Bennett Spring State Park, Maramec Spring Park, Montauk State Park, and Roaring River State Park. Many BIG fish will greet the large numbers of enthusiastic anglers on this exciting first day of the regular trout season. An Ozark tradition!  Note:  The use of waders with porous felt soles is no longer permitted in the Missouri trout parks. 



MARCH 6     MONTAUK ARBOR DAY. Montauk State Park. Free tree seedlings will be handed out to park visitors at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Let's take time to grow a tree for future generations. Trees provided courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation's George O. White State Forest Nursery. Also sign up for special drawing for rare Ozark Chinquapin (Chestnut) seed. 



MARCH 8    START OF 2015 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March (March 8th), and ends the first Sunday in November (November 1st).



MARCH 14     MEN'S TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT. Montauk State Park. A trout tournament will be held for gentlemen of any age. Two classes in the tournament include fly and bait categories. Two winners in each class, heaviest trout and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift certificates will be awarded to winners. Participants can register for the tournament in the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Tournament hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time.



MARCH 21     LADIES' TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT. Montauk State Park. Ladies of any age can participate in this trout fishing tournament. Participants will register at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Two classes of fishing will be allotted, one for fly fishing and the other for bait fishing. Two winners in each class, heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift certificates will be awarded to winners that are redeemable for merchandise at the Montauk Lodge. Tournament hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Saving Time.



APRIL 4     SPRING WILDFLOWER EVENT. Montauk State Park. This event includes a hands-on wildflower search.  Meet at the Park Naturalist's Office. This educational activity will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  For more information, call the park naturalist at (573) 548-2225. 



APRIL 18     SPRING WILDFLOWER EVENT. Montauk State Park. This event includes a hands-on wildflower search.  Meet at the Park Naturalist's Office. This educational activity will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  For more information, call the park naturalist at (573) 548-2225. 







MAY 2     SPRING KIDS' FISHING DAY - BENNETT & MONTAUK. Bennett Spring State Park and Montauk State Park. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. Prizes, contests, exhibits, fly-fishing classes, free hotdogs, soda, and other free items. Note: similar events will be held at Maramec Spring Park and Roaring River State Park on May 16th, 2015.  A second Kids' Fishing Day will be held at Montauk on August 1, 2015 and at Roaring River on August 15, 2015.  (The Spring  Kids' Fishing Day at Bennett and Montauk are always the first Saturday of May, and at Maramec and Roaring they are always the first Saturday following Mother's Day.) 



MAY 7     SENIORS CITIZENS' TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT. Montauk State Park. This trout tournament will be open to any man or woman 60 years of age or older. Two classes will be designated, fly or bait. Two prizes will be awarded to winners in each class for heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift certificates will be presented to the winners upon completion of the tournament. Registration will be at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Tournament hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



MAY 8 - 9      MILL CELEBRATION.  Montauk State Park. This will be a two-day event, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Mill tours, old-time music & dance, crafts & arts of the Ozarks demonstrated, soap making, sheep shearing, and witness blacksmiths as they make steel that will be transformed into a gun barrel, a knife, or horse shoes.  See a real whiskey still, an Ozark quilting bee, and try your hand at using a cross cut saw.  These are a few of the skills from the past waiting for you.  Friday is "Students' Day."



MAY 16     SPRING KIDS' FREE FISHING DAY - MARAMEC & ROARING. Maramec Spring Park and Roaring River State Park. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. This really is an event that is great for the kids. Don't forget to bring your camera!
(The Spring  Kids' Fishing Day at Bennett and Montauk are always the first Saturday of May, and at Maramec and Roaring they're always the first Saturday following Mother's Day.)

 

MAY 23     BIRDS OF PREY. Montauk State Park. Bring your lawn chairs to sit and relax as you see a bald eagle, owls, and hawks up close during this unique outdoor program! You must be seated when the program starts. Handlers will allow the birds to fly just inches above the heads of the audience as they talk about the unique characteristics of each bird of prey.  The program will be held in the field adjacent to the park lodge at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.  Program is presented by the World Bird Sanctuary



JUNE 6 - 7     INAUGURAL CFM TROUTFEST. Bennett Spring State Park. This exciting new two-day event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation.  There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.  For more information, go to the Conservation Federation of Missouri's website, located online at www.confedmo. org/trout-fest



JUNE 6 - 7     FREE FISHING DAYS. Bennett Spring State Park, Maramec Spring Park, Montauk State Park, and Roaring River State Park. Daily trout fishing tag and fishing license will not be required for individuals fishing in the Missouri trout parks on these specific dates (only). Come join in and fish for free during this annual event. (Free fishing weekend is always the weekend following the first Monday in June.) Fishing hours: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 



JUNE 6     MONTAUK STATE PARK'S OPEN HOUSE FOR PARK VISITORS. Montauk State Park. An open house will be held at the J. Ben Searcy Building to give visitors an opportunity to ask questions and receive some useful information pertaining to future development and direction of Montauk State Park.  The meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 



JUNE 6     FLY FISHING CLINIC. Montauk State Park. A fly fishing clinic will be held adjacent to the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge that experienced and proficient anglers will conduct for all ages. Both fly fishing and casting techniques will be demonstrated and participants will be given an opportunity to practice casting techniques in an open field area. Trout park fishing strategies and successful trout fishing tactics will also be discussed. Meet adjacent to the Lodge in the large open field at 1:00 p.m. Registration is not required.



JUNE 13    STREAM TEAM CLEAN-UP OF THE UPPER CURRENT RIVER.  Montauk State Park. Bring dad out Father’s Day Weekend and help make the upper Current River litter-free and beautiful! Registration and sign-up time: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Montauk Lodge. Clean up runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m. and covers the river from Montauk Spring down to Baptist Camp.  Call 573-548-2225 for more information.  For more information about the Missouri Stream Team Program, go to http://www.mostreamteam.org/



AUGUST 1     SUMMER'S END KIDS' FREE FISHING DAY. Montauk State Park. No daily trout fishing tag fee will be required for children ages 15 and under on this day only to fish in Montauk State Park. The children must pick up children's free fishing tags at the Lodge on Friday evening after 7:00 p.m. or anytime on Saturday. The tags are required for kids fishing on this day. Youngsters can fish anywhere inside the park; no designated fishing area will be set aside. Adults must have daily trout tag to assist children by holding their fishing rod with their fishing activities.  



AUGUST 8     KIDS' TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENT. Montauk State Park. This tournament is limited to 15 year old or under girls or boys. Two age categories: one group will be for ages 11 years and under, and another group will be established for anglers 12 years of age and up to and including 15 years of age. Registration will be at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Two prizes awarded in each age group, for trout and stringer of trout, by a random drawing of all entries at 2:00 p.m. in the lodge. Gift certificates will be awarded to winners. Tournament hours are 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Other prizes awarded courtesy of the Ray Parker Memorial.



AUGUST 15     BACK TO SCHOOL KIDS' FISHING DAY.  Roaring River State Park.



SEPTEMBER 12 - 13     MISSOURI TROUT FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT. Montauk State Park. The tournament is open to all visitors.  Register to participate in the derby at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge on Friday night between the hours of 6:30 and 8:15 p.m., or on Saturday morning from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m.  Anglers entering the tournament will pay an entry fee and prizes will be awarded for tagged fish caught during the derby.  The prizes will be awarded to all winners on Sunday at 12 noon at the J. Ben Searcy Building. 



OCTOBER 3 - 4     THE 52nd ANNUAL ROSE HOLLAND TROUT DERBY. Montauk State Park. Participants will have the opportunity to fish for tagged trout during this popular fishing derby. Anglers catching tagged trout will receive prizes awarded on Sunday just after the derby ends at 12 noon. Nature Bingo for prizes will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. An Old Time Cruise-In Car Show will be held at the J. Ben Searcy Building on Friday night at 4:00 p.m. And “Hikes for your Heart” on Saturday, plus other activities will fill the weekend with fun, entertainment, and excitement for all.




OCTOBER 10 – 11     OLD IRON WORKS DAYS. Maramec Spring Park. The second full weekend in October is "Old Iron Works Days" at Maramec Spring Park. For more information, visit the "Old Iron Works Days" page on The James Foundation's website located at www.maramecspringpark.com/.



OCTOBER 24     A HAUNTING AT THE MONTAUK MILL. Montauk State Park. See bats, hear voices, and see images of Ghosts from the Past. The old Grist Mill is where we bring the past back to life. Come to Montauk Mill on Saturday night with three separate tours starting at  6:30, 7:30, and 8:30.  Only the first 80 visitors will be allowed in for each tour.  Who knows what historic characters may appear!



OCTOBER 31     LAST DAY OF 2015 CATCH-AND-KEEP TROUT SEASON. Bennett Spring State Park, Maramec Spring Park, Montauk State Park, Roaring River State Park. The regular Missouri trout season, which opened March 1st, closes October 31.



NOVEMBER 1    END OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME FOR 2015. Daylight Saving Time (DST), which began the second Sunday in March (March 8th), ends the first Sunday in November (November 1, 2015).



NOVEMBER 13     OPENING DAY OF 2015 - 2016 WINTER CATCH-AND-RELEASE SEASON. Bennett Spring State Park, Maramec Spring Park, Montauk State Park, Roaring River State Park. During the winter season Bennett, Montauk, and Roaring are open for fishing from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays only.  Maramec is open seven days a week. The winter catch-and-release season is always the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February.



Attention Visitors:    Check bulletin boards in the parks for information about interpretive programs provided by Park Naturalists throughout the year.  Contact hatcheries for the availability of hatchery tours.

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