Meramec Spring Park
One of the biggest reasons those in southwest Missouri should make the trek to St. James is to see the breathtakingly beautiful spring. The emerald waters and wildlife viewing make for a gorgeous backdrop while fishing for rainbow trout. The grounds also offer a cafe, campground and museums. To enter the park, there is a $5 fee per vehicle.
Distance: 2 hours, 15 minutes northeast from Springfield
Montauk State Park
An easy drive from Springfield, Montauk State Park’s catch-and-release season begins November 13 and is only available on Friday through Monday. The park offers both rainbow trout and brown trout, and a few picnic tables for when you’re ready to relax and take a break.
Distance: 2 hours northeast of Springfield
Roaring River State Park
Don’t miss fishing in one of Missouri’s most popular parks, especially since it’s known for premier fishing. The park is stocked with rainbow trout from its hatchery managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. If you’re looking to turn this trip into a weekend away, the park also offers cabins and hotel rooms.
Distance: 1 hour, 30 minutes southwest from Springfield