Mammoth Spring is the second largest spring in the Ozarks. It flows at an amazing average rate of almost 10 million gallons an hour! All this water is the direct result of rainfall over the high plains of southern Missouri. The rainfall percolates down through the soil to a vast system of interconnected cavities that eventually converge and reappear aboveground as a scenic 10-acre lake with an island in Mammoth Spring State Park.
This same current is the primary source of Spring River, a popular fishing stream. Happy anglers routinely pull a good supply of rainbow trout, walleye, and bass from its waters.
Spring River is also one of Arkansas most popular float streams. Kayakers and canoers regularly challenge themselves with the river’s exciting white-water shoals and rushing falls. The spring’s steady temperature of 58° Fahrenheit makes the water a perfect respite to summer’s more oppressive days.
Mammoth Spring State Park is a National Natural Landmark with plenty of history to explore.
A depot in the park, the 1886 Frisco Depot Museum, was one of the first train depots built in the area, built back when Mammoth Spring was still just a humble village known as “Head of the River.” A wheat mill also added a dam to the lake in 1880’s. The Arkansas-Missouri Power Company constructed a hydroelectric plant here in 1925 that provided electricity to the area until 1972.
Visitors to Mammoth Spring State Park can explore the mill and hydroelectric plant remnants, as well as enjoy the free exhibits and caboose of the 1886 Frisco Depot Museum. There also picnic sites, ball field, play area, pavilion, nature trails, and marina with pedal boat and kayak rentals.
Mammoth Spring State Park
17 US Hwy 63, Mammoth Spring, AR 72554
Visit Mammoth Spring State Par online at www.arkansasstateparks.com for hours, events and other information.
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