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Old 10-12-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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We are considering a big move to the Springfield,Mo area and would like some outdoor information.

Is there any good car camping spots close? What about backpacking...multi night areas?

And what about small streams in town or small lakes that are canoe-able and provide a good float and potentially some good fishing as well?
We know that the Mark Twain area provides a lot of these opportunities,but we are just wondering if there is anything closer to Springfield.

Thanks
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:04 PM
 
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Greetings,
Look around Cassville and Branson Area, they are close to Springfield and see what you can find.
Be blessed
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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A lot of people float and fish the James and Finley rivers around Springfield. You can also go out on Springfield Lake, Stockton Lake and Lake Pomme De Terre.

Busiek State Park offers trails for hiking trails and primitive camping via permits. Here's a link for you: Area Summary
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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We're 50 miles North East of Springfield all kinds of good stuff.

Bennett Spring State Park - Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, MoDNR (http://www.mostateparks.com/Bennett.htm - broken link)

Missouri's Niangua River

Ft. Niangua River Resort: Missouri Cabins, Canoes, Rafts, Kayaks, Tubes and Camping

Area Summary

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Old 10-13-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Wink Go south...

Just about 40 miles south of Springfield is Table Rock Lake. There are multiple Corp of Engineers campgrounds that are terrific for car/tent camping.
Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov

Great float trips on the James River.
James River Outfitters, LLC - Galena & Stone County, Missouri
...and the North Fork.
Pettit's Canoe Rental & Campground (http://pettitscanoerental.com/floating.htm - broken link)

It's been too many years since my backpacking days...sorry!
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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There you all go, giving away my favorite floating spot AND outfitter! The James River will be ruined if we can't keep this secret!
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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I'm going to bump this up. Arizona has many National Forests to camp in. I usually scout out for campsites that meet the needs of my fiance and myself: She needs an outhouse, and I need a free campsite. It's easy to find them here by just going on the Forest Service website, however since Missouri doesn't have too many national forests it's harder to find these types of campsites, especially near Springfield. I'm not necessarily asking for you to do the work for me, but does anyone at least have a website I could browse to find these types of campsites(if they exist in Missouri)?

Oh! and can someone explain what a primitive campsite is? I don't know if that includes having a crapper available or if it means the campsite is just a clearing in the forest and that's it. Thanks.

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Old 10-19-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Here's info about the Mark Twain National Forest. There are 9 of them across the state, mostly in the south and eastern parts.
Mark Twain National Forest - Home Page - US Forest Service

Missouri also has 40 State parks and historic camping sites. Primitive camping usually implies no electricity or water is available, but sometimes bathroom facilities are within walking distance of the camp sites. They do charge a small fee.
Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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Given your distance from here, you might want to purchase a couple of the books here: Guidebooks&Maps .

The information you seek has always appeared to me to be deliberately obscured. I know of no one-stop location. There are many, many campsites in Mo. operated by various Federal and State agencies, and you have to check all their websites carefully and thoroughly. The (Army) Corp of Engineers has campsites, trails, etc., located on and near lakes and rivers. I believe all area Forest Service land is contained in the Mark Twain National Forest system. The Missouri State Park system has some really nice parks, including two trout hatchery parks within an hour to hour-and-a-half of Springfield. Then there is the Missouri Conservation Dept. - a law unto itself with their own dedicated 1/8th cent sales tax.

Remember, Arkansas is only 90 minutes south of Springfield. The Buffalo River is perhaps America's best kept scenic secret, so don't tell anyone. Ark. state parks also have many campsites, trails, etc., and some are an easy drive from Springfield.

Now for the bad news: Camping/hiking can be miserable here May through Sept. Bugs flying, stinging, and crawling; foliage so thick you can't see 50 feet; humidity that seeks to outpace the temperature; and just when things can't get any worse a thunderstorm crops up complete with high winds, lighning, hail, and flash floods.

The good news is that October through April can, if one watches the weather, be incredible. The views of the bluffs and valleys once the leaves are off are as fine as anywhere, unexpected caves appear here, there, everywhere, as do waterfalls, and wildlife can be seen. Hiking when the skies are blue and the air is a nice crisp 30 deg. is as good as it gets. Severe weather almost never arrives unannounced, and the campgrounds tend not to be crowded - or even visited in many cases.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Great info from both of you! Thanks alot!

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Now for the bad news: Camping/hiking can be miserable here May through Sept. Bugs flying, stinging, and crawling; foliage so thick you can't see 50 feet; humidity that seeks to outpace the temperature; and just when things can't get any worse a thunderstorm crops up complete with high winds, lighning, hail, and flash floods.
I'll have to share this because I really liked it. A patient was telling me about her pastors sermon about the key to a happy marriage. He went on and on the whole sermon about it and concluded with the key to a happy marriage...paused to give suspense in the congregation... then said, "Go camping". He let everyone laugh and then explained that going camping is a scheduled disaster that the two of you must work out together. Made sense to me and I could definately relate, we love camping but there hasn't been a trip where something unplanned happened that could have become a disaster if we had let it. Just had to share
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