Offering some of the finest trout fishing in the Midwest, Montauk State Park is located at the headwaters of the famed Current River. The park's springs combine with tiny Pigeon Creek to supply 43 million gallons of water to the river each day. The cool, clear stream is an ideal home for rainbow trout, and the scenic valley is the perfect setting for camping, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Anglers descend on Montauk State Park from March 1 to Oct. 31 for the official trout season, and on winter weekends for a catch-and-release season. After a day of fishing, you can tour the park's trout hatchery, managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Early settlers first established Montauk as a self-sufficient community in the early 1800s. A gristmill, built in 1896, is open seasonally for tours. For visitors wishing to spend a night or more in the park, Montauk offers a wide variety of choices. The large campground, equipped with modern restrooms, hot showers and dump stations, features both basic and electric sites. The park offers rental cabins with kitchens, modern fourplex cabins and motel rooms for guests choosing to spend the night indoors. A modern dining lodge opens daily during the trout season and on weekends during the catch-and-release season.

Not a very interesting hike.

1 year ago

Simple walk. Initial climb was surprising, but the rest was very easy. For a spur of the minute hike, it was enjoyable. Pretty vistas and views of the hatchery.

I have camped at Montauk a half a dozen times either for the purpose of coming here to trout fish, or as a staging ground with boy scouts to canoe and do other high adventure activities. beautiful area, great camp sites, fantastic fishing, trails and so much to do in the area.

Simple walk but worth it to see the rearing pools of the hatchery and the springs.

3 years ago

Doug is right - this is a nice little hike. Well marked and good variety. Parts were a bit overgrown so I would recommend a hat and possibly long pants.

5 years ago

This trail at Montauk state park in Missouri is the only real marked trail in the park, which is primarily a trout fishing destination. Its a good diversion after a day of fishing. The highlights of the trail are panoramci views of the hatchery and the forest itself. There are a large number of grand old oaks over 100 -150 years old. There is also a grove of short leave pine trees which are native and somewhat scarce.