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Section 6.8

RECREATION
(Updated January 2006)
  

  
The list below covers a variety of recreation opportunities within the communities of our Meramec region. All communities, of course, have facilities such as libraries, churches, service clubs, fraternal organizations and other groups. The region has many other qualities which make it an ideal place to live and work. Our region is unique in having thousands of acres of National Forest, state parks and abundant clean rivers which add to each community in diverse ways. MRPC can furnish other details about the local communities upon request.
CRAWFORD COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Crawford County:
Indian Hills Lake, Cuba; Meramec River; Huzzah River, Steelville; Courtois River; Mark Twain National Forest; Meramec Country Music Show, Steelville; Antique and Craft Shops, Bourbon, Cuba and Steelville; Onondaga Cave Park; W.K. Woods Wildlife Area; Huzzah Wildlife Area; Meramec State Park, Sullivan
Bourbon:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 2 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1 Indoor
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 5 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Cuba:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 4 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1 Indoor
1 Outdoor
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 4 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other Recreation Activities: Bowling Alley and Family Billiards
Steelville:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 2 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 3 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Sullivan:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 4 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 4 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 2 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Crawford County:
Blue Springs Creek Conservation Area (857 acres); Campbell Bridge Access (10 acres); Crooked Creek Conservation Area (337 acres); Huzzah Conservation Area (6225 acres); Mint Spring Access (11 acres); Onyx Cave Conservation Area (35 acres); Richter Conservation Area (81 acres); Riverview Access (5 acres); Sappington Bridge Access (10 acres); Scotts Ford Access (34 acres); Woodson K. Woods Memorial Conservation Area (5660 acres)
DENT COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Dent County:
Salem is the Gateway to the Ozark National Rivers; Current River; Montauk State Park and trout fishing; The Bonebrake Center for Nature and History; Dent County Museum; Mark Twain National Forest; Indian Trail Conservation Area; 100 Acre Wood Rally; the Dent County Fair Board hosts numerous events at The Commons, including county fairs, national lumberjack competitions, demolition derby's and mud races, as well as the Dent County Saddle Club sponsoring horse shows, team pennings, team ropings, rodeos and other horse-related events.
Salem:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 2 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 5 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: Lake - 2.5 miles, River - 30 miles.
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other Recreation Sources: Indian Trail Archery Indoor Archery Range, Bowling Alley, Trout Fishing - 25 miles
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Dent County:
Cedar Grove Conservation Area (1,160 acres); R.F. Clement Memorial Forest and Wildlife Area (520 acres); Hyer Woods Natural Area (30 acres); Indian Trail Conservation Area (13,383 acres); Lenox Towersite (5 acres); Montauk Fish Hatchery (336 acres); Montauk Towersite (40 acres); Shawnee Mac Lakes Conservation Area (255 acres); Short Bend Access (85 acres); White River Trace Conservation Area (2,044 acres)
GASCONADE COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Gasconade County:
Helds Island Access; Historic Sites; Lake of the Ozarks; Hermann Historic Museum; Peaceful Valley Estates, Owensville; Lost Valley Lake, Owensville; Lake Northwoods, Owensville; The City of Hermann is the site of many festivals year-round, including Maifest and Octoberfest; Hermann also has a city boat ramp into the Missouri River
Bland:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 15 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Gasconade:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: Immediate
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Hermann:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 3 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: Immediate
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other Recreation Sources: Sand Volleyball
Morrison:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 3 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 6 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Owensville:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 4 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 15 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Gasconade County:
Canaan Conservation Area (1,435 acres); Fredericksburg Ferry Access (5 acres); Gasconade Park Access (2 acres); Helds Island Access (9 acres); Hermann Riverfront Park (2 acres); Mint Spring Access (11 acres); Mint Spring Conservation Area (42 acres); Tea Access (4 acres)
MARIES COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Maries County:
Belle Chute Access; Spring Creek Gap State Forest; Gasconade River Access; The City of Vienna is the crossroads for Lake of the Ozarks; Maramec Springs Park is within a 40 minute drive
Belle:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 2 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 8 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating
Other Recreation Sources: Public Fishing Lake
Vienna
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 2 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Maries County:
Bell Chute Access (6 acres); Clifty Creek Conservation Area (256 acres); Clifty Creek Natural Area (230 acres); Freeburg Towersite (13 acres); Paydown Access (4 acres); Rinquelin Trail Community Lake (286 acres); Spring Creek Gap Conservation Area (1,819 acres)
OSAGE COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Osage County:
Painted Rocks State Forest; Osage River Access; Lewis & Clark Trail Stops
Linn:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 6 miles
Activities allowed: Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing
Meta:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 1 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 7 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other Recreation Sources: Painted Rock State Forest, 6 miles
Westphalia:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 1 - 3 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other Recreation Sources: Painted Rock State Park, 3 miles; Baseball & Softball Diamond; Soccer; Basketball; Track; Plays and Concerts.
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Osage County:
Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area (499 acres); Bonnots Mill Access (6 acres); Dr. Bernard Bruns Access (77 acres); Chamois Access (1 acre); Cooper Hill Conservation Area (214 acres); Meta Towersite (20 acres); Painted Rock Conservation Area (1,479 acres); Pointers Creek Access (9 acres); Rollins Ferry Access (16 acres); Smoky Waters Conservation Area (976 acres)
PHELPS COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Phelps County:
Missouri University of Science and Technology; The Centre; Splash Zone; Arlington River Resort; Little Prairie Lake; Lane Springs Recreational Area; W.K. Woods Wildlife Area; Meramec Spring Park, St. James; Lake of the Ozarks is within 65 miles; Mark Twain National Forest.
Doolitte:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 2 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Canoeing/Tubing
Newburg
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 1/4 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Rolla:
Public Swimming Pools: 2 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 6 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 25 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1 Indoor
4-Plex
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 20 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other recreational activities: The Centre and Splash Zone
St. James:
Public Swimming Pools: 3 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 2 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 2 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 5 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Other Recreation Sources: Trout Fishing, 6 miles
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Phelps County:
Beaver Creek Conservation Area (157 acres); Jerome Access (10 acres); Little Prairie Community Lake (343 acres); Maramec Spring Fish Hatchery/Trout Park (1,379 acres); Pilot Knob Towersite (4 acres); Rosati Towersite (92 acres); Schuman Park Lake - Rolla (5 acres); Scioto Lake - The James Foundation (5 acres); Woodson K. Woods Memorial Conservation Area (5,660 acres)
PULASKI COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Pulaski County:
Canoeing, Spleunking, Fishing, Ryder Cave, Roubidoux Creek, Gasconade River, Fort Leonard Wood
Dixon:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 2
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 2 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River:
Activities allowed:
St. Robert:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River:
Activities allowed:
Waynesville:
Public Swimming Pools: 1 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 1 mile
Activities allowed: Bird Watching, Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Pulaski County:
Dixon Towersite (48 acres); Fort Leonard Wood Towersite (66 acres); Gasconade Hills Conservation Area (370 acres); Mitschele Access; Riddle Bridge Access; Ross Access; Roubidoux Creek Conservation Area (179 acres); Ryden Cave Conservation Area (30 acres); Schlicht Springs Access; Laughlin/Roubdioux Parks (Waynesville)
WASHINGTON COUNTY
Recreation Highlights of Washington County:
Big River Access; Council Bluff River; Bootleg Park River; Canoeing; Berryman Camp and Trail National Forest; Buford Mountain; Hughes Mountain Natural Area
Caledonia:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 1 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 12 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Irondale:
Public Swimming Pools: 3 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 2 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 2 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 1 Indoor 0 Outdoor
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 1 mile
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Mineral Point:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 0
Public Tennis Courts: 0 Country Clubs: 0
Public Parks: 0 YMCA/YWCA: 0
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 10 miles
Activities allowed: Fishing, Motorboating, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Potosi:
Public Swimming Pools: 0 Public Golf Courses: 1
Public Tennis Courts: 5 Country Clubs: 1
Public Parks: 6 YMCA's/YWCA's: 1
Movie Theaters: 0
Nearest Public Access to a Lake or River: 10 miles
Activities allowed: Swimming, Fishing, Motorboating, Water Skiing, Canoeing/Tubing, Camping and Hiking/Fitness Trails
Missouri Department of Conservation Lands in Washington County:
Bismarck Lake Conservation Area (1,188 acres); Bootleg Access (303 acres); Buford Mountain Conservation Area (3,743 acres); Hughes Mountain Natural Area (462 acres); Kingston Access (58 acres); Little Indian Creek Conservation Area (3,939 acres); Pea Ridge Conservation Area (8,269 acres)

Source: Missouri Department of Economic Development web page, Missouri Department of Conservation web page & MRPC Survey.

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