Montauk State Park is located about 21 miles southwest of Salem off Highway 119. It offers great trout fishing. Montauk also offers camping facilities, a lodge and cabins. The park contains 2,126 acres.

Montauk is one of the three Missouri state parks noted for fine trout fishing. March 1-Oct. 31 is the official trout fishing season. A winter catch and release trout fishing season is held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February. The lodge is open for limited hours on weekends during November, December, January, and February with cabins and hotel rooms available.

The Current River has its origins from the Montauk springs found in the park, near Dent County Road 6660. An estimated 43 million gallons of water flow daily into the Current River from Montauk Springs and other springs located within the park boundaries.

Camping & Picnicking

The park has 156 campsites, with 125 featuring electrical hookups. While some campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, other campsites may be reserved year round.

A coin-operated laundry, modern restrooms, hot showers, dumping station and wood lot are found in the camping area. A daily camping fee is charged and will be collected by a park employee.

Campground loop 1 (basic sites) and loops 2, 3 and 4 (electric sites) are open year-round, with water hydrants in all loops.

The campground showerhouses and coin-operated laundries are open seven days a week from Feb. 25 through Oct. 31.

Campground guests may purchase firewood from the campground wood lot. From Feb. 25 through October, the woodlot is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There are picnic tables and two open shelters located in the day use area. The shelters may be reserved by contacting the park office.

There are picnic tables and two open shelters located in the day use area. The shelters may be reserved by contacting the park office.

Trout Hatcheries

The Department of Conservation sponsors tours of the hatcheries. Regularly scheduled hatchery tours are available on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Meet at the hatchery office at 1 p.m. Tours for special groups and school groups can be arranged in advance for any time of the year by calling the hatchery office at (573) 548-2585 or by emailing the Montauk Hatchery Manager at

Montauk Mill

The mill at Montauk State Park is over 100 years old. This historic building was a vital part of the Montauk Community into the 1920s.

Built in 1896, the "Old Mill" had elaborate milling machinery, much of it is still located in the mill.

Free guided tours of the mill are given seasonally. Hours vary, depending on demand and scheduled group tours. New schedules are posted each week showing times and dates for available public tours.

Nature Trails

Several species of native Missouri wildflowers can be viewed around the park and along the Current River in the spring and summer. Park naturalists furnish wildflower workshops, stream walks, hikes and other programs for all ages. Evening programs are at an outdoor amphitheater located in the campground. Several other special events including free fishing days for kids and adults, music, crafts, Bald Eagle viewing, and trout derbies are scheduled throughout the year.

Most of the park is a pine, oak, and hickory forest, with oak being the dominant species on ridge tops. Sycamore, cottonwood, and birch trees are common in the low-lying areas. Most of the rock outcrops are dolomite in the valley, and sandstone on the ridgetops.


The park also features the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge, which was named for a the late Dent County native who was a State Representative in the 1960's and longtime circuit court judge and an avid angler himself.

Montauk offers 30 cabins for daily rental. Some cabins accommodate four people, others six.

A motel with 18 rooms also is located in the park. Motel rooms and cabins may be reserved by calling the concessionaire at (573) 548-2434.

A general store selling camping supplies, souvenirs, and fishing equipment is located at the lodge, as well as a full service restaurant. A meeting room is also available for groups and seminars.

Private campgrounds and cabins are located outside the state park.

Dorman L. Steelman Lodge

The cabins, dining lodge, motel, store and snack bar are operated by Forever Resorts LLC and General Manager John Johnston.

The park store operates out of the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. The store features a complete line of fishing supplies including hand-tied flies made by local craftsmen. A large variety of souvenirs and gifts, groceries, milk, bread, charcoal, camping supplies and other essentials will help make your stay in the park more comfortable.

Park Hours

The park grounds are open year-round.

Winter hours (Off-Season) are from November through February, and the park office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of holidays. Summer hours (on-season) are from March through October, and the park office is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information:

Mail: 345 County Road 6670, Salem, MO 65560-9758

Phone: Park Office (573) 548-2201

Lodging & Motel Reservations, Montauk Resort can be made at or by calling (573) 548-2434. For camping reservations call (877) 422-6766.