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Montauk State Park
RR 5, Box 279
Salem, MO 65560
Phone: (573) 548-2201
Directions: From Salem: Travel west on Hwy 32 for approx. 12 miles, then turn/south left onto Hwy 119. Travel approx. 10 miles south on Hwy 119, to the park entrance.
Located at the headwaters of the famed Current River, one of the best rivers for floating in the entire Ozarks, Montauk State Park is in a remote and secluded part of the state. Montauk is home to one of the state's four trout parks operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Both rainbow and brown trout can be fished from the Current River.
Early settlers arrived in the area in the 1800s from New York, and named the first post office after Montauk in Suffolk County, Long Island. Because of the nearby springs and abundant water supply, the village was home to four mills in the mid to late 1800s. The last, a grist mill built in 1896, still remains in the park today, and contains much of the original equipment and machinery used during operations. The mill is now open to visitors for much of the year.
Since it became a park in 1926, Montauk has been a popular vacation spot for fishing in Missouri. But that doesn't mean you have to be an angler to enjoy all that the state park and surrounding area have to offer. Considered to be one of the finest float streams in Missouri, the Current River is an extremely popular destination for canoeists and kayakers. Although canoes and kayaks are not allowed within the state park boundaries, nearby Inman Hollow, located just below the park's southeast border, is the river's northernmost access for floaters. The Current River, as well as the nearby Jack's Fork River, are both designated as National scenic Riverways by the National Park Service. This helps to ensure that they remain natural, free-flowing rivers for generations to come, and preserve their rustic and natural beauty.
Another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors here is one of the park's two hiking trails. The Pine Ridge Trail takes visitors out of the park's valley, and up into the scenic hilltops, passing through the Montauk Upland Forest Natural Area. For an easy, leisurely stroll, the ¾ mile Montauk Lake Walk circles the lake, and passes neaby Bluff Spring, which feeds all the water for the park's rearing pools, hatchery building, and spring branch.
Located along the Current River, the campground offers basic and electric sites with paved pads, fire grill, picnic tables, and lantern posts. Some may be reserved in advance. The campground also offers modern restrooms with showers, a dump station, an ice and laundry machines, and a campfire wood lot.
The park's lodging facilities include cabins, a dining lodge, and motel rooms. All 33 cabins and 18 motel rooms are furnished with linens, and have heat and air conditioning. Motel units 1 and 18 and cabins 11, 12 and 26 are accessible to persons with disabilities.
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Park Store | Gift Shop | Meeting Room | Pavilions | Picnic Area/Tables | Playground | Spring | Historic Mill | Trout Hatchery | Restaurant | Lodging | Cabins | Campground | Restrooms | Showers | Laundry | Dump Station
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