Maramec Spring opens store, begins stocking fish

    Maramec Spring Park reopened their store and café on Saturday, May 16, and stocking of fish also resumed. Those fishing will again need a daily trout tag after the Missouri Department of Conservation waived those fees for the past month.


    The James Foundation announced the store will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for fishermen to get gear, tags, and any essential fishing equipment that may have been forgotten, each day through the season, beginning last Saturday as part of their slow reopening of the park after being closed due to COVID-19. The Pick and Shovel Café also reopened and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be closed on Monday and Tuesday each week.
    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) also resumed stocking trout in the park over the weekend and are again requiring daily tags for fishing. The MDC had waived tag sales for several weeks, but will now require those to be purchased again.
    Tags and daily passes can be purchased at the entrance. Parking is $5 per car, season passes are $35, and daily trout tags are $5 adults, $3 children under 15 years of age. The season will continue through October 31, before catch-and-release fishing begins.
    Fish-cleaning stations will remain closed for now. Also, pavilions, playgrounds, and fish feeders also remain closed. The museums are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, May 23.
    The campground reopened on May 4, when the park opened to the public once again. Those interested in reserving a camping space can contact The James Foundation office at 573-265-7387 to make a reservation. Non-electric sits cost $16 minimum per night for two adults and an additional $8 per every adult over the first two. Electric sites are $36 per night
    The James Foundation will continue to push users of the park to continue social distancing practices and staff will be working to keep the shop and café sanitized and disinfected. Only 250 guests will be allowed in the park at one time and any visitor over that limit may be required to wait until other guests leave. Bathrooms are open and will be regularly cleaned throughout the day, but visitors are asked to practice good hygiene and continue recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines while enjoying the park.