Missouri’s state park system, which on multiple occasions has been ranked as one of the top four state park systems in the nation, contains 91 state parks and historic sites. West Plains is fortunate to be close to four state parks.
MONTAUK STATE PARK
- 40 million gallons of water per day
- Located at headwaters of Current River
- Famous opening trout day on March 1
The valley surrounding the springs that form the Current River attracted settlers in the early 1800s. Early residents came to the area from New York and named their first post office after Montauk in Suffolk County, Long Island. Because of its proximity to the springs and its abundant supply of water power, the village of Montauk proved to be an excellent spot for milling. Four mills were constructed to serve the community. The last one, a gristmill built in 1896, still stands today and retains much of its original machinery. It is open seasonally for tours.
The next big step in the park’s history was in 1926 when it became a Missouri state park. Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the amenities and structures in the park in the 1930s. Many of these structures still stand today, a testament to the craftsmanship of this era.
Montauk State Park is best known for being one of the three “trout parks” in the Missouri state park system. Canoe access is located just outside the park’s southeast border, making Montauk State Park the perfect place to stay during a river adventure. ~
71 miles From West Plains
Take Highway 63 north toward Willow Springs. Follow Highway 63 and Highway 60 west toward Cabool. At Cabool, take exit for Highway 63 north. Eleven miles after Houston, turn right on P Highway. In 1 mile, turn left on Highway 137 then in 1.25 miles, turn right on VV Highway. In 10 miles turn left on Highway 119. Then in less than a mile, turn right on County Road 6660. Montauk is 1 mile ahead.