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.
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.
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.
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. Trout Fest is
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 about Trout Fest, go to the Conservation Federation of
Missouri's website, located online at
The Trout Fest events schedule can be found at
http://www.missouritrout.com/TroutFest/TroutFestSchedule2015.pdf and the
fly casting competition flyer is online at
Trout Fest will include seminars by Mark Van Patten, Andrew Branson, Brandon
Butler, Jim Washabaugh, Scott Pauley, and Jim Rogers. Bill Lamberson
will not be able to attend due to a death in his family. If you plan
to watch the movie, please bring your own chairs and blankets.
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.
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
AUGUST 1 SUMMER'S END
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.