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LANE SPRING RECREATION AREA, MO

part ofMark Twain National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: LANE SPRING RECREATION AREA
Status: Closed through Fri May 01 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lane Spring Recreation Area provides a nice setting along Little Piney Creek and a scenic patio overlooking beautiful Lane Spring. A large, accessible picnic area with two pavilions can be reserved, as well as individual campsites. All kinds of outdoor recreation opportunities are in the area.

Natural Features:

The recreation area is situated along Little Piney Creek, with some waterfront campsites available. A beautiful hardwood forest covers the area, which lies in the northwestern portion of the Mark Twain National Forest.

An accessible shaded stone patio overlooks tranquil Lane Spring, a bubbling spring with watercress and native plant species. It is bordered by a variety of trees, including sycamore, cypress, oak and many others.

Recreation:

Trout fishing is popular along the portion of the creek nearest Lane Spring, as it is managed by a wild trout fishery. The fish population is self-sustained instead of being stocked. Only artificial lures and flies may be used, and a daily limit is applied of one trout measuring 18 inches or longer. Bass and sunfish are also plentiful.

The 1.25-mile Blossom Rock Trail and the 1.5-mile Cedar Bluff Trail traverse through lush bottomland vegetation with abundant wildflowers, before climbing to views of the river and rock outcroppings. Birding and wildlife viewing is popular along the trails.

Facilities:

The recreation area offers a picnic area with two group picnic pavilions, each equipped with tables, grills and electric outlets. Each can accommodate up to 100 people. If unreserved, the pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional individual picnic sites are available.

Several family campsites are available as well. Each site is equipped with a table, lantern post and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Lantern Posts
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Tubing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees will be collected at the campground for extra vehicles and for parking in the day-use area
  • Click here for more information on the Mark Twain National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.79306, -91.83611
37°47'35"N, 91°50'10"W

From Rolla, Missouri, travel 12 miles south on U.S. Highway 63, then continue 1 mile west on Entrance Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LANE SPRING RECREATION AREA
401 FAIRGROUNDS ROAD
ROLLA  MO  65401

Phone Number:

Information:  (573)364-4621
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