Mark Twain National Forest
401 Fairgrounds Road
Rolla, MO 65401
Lane Spring Recreation Area
Area Status: Open
This recreation area provides a nice setting along Little Piney Creek and a scenic patio overlooking Lane Spring. It also provides a large accessible picnic area with two pavilions that can be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation website. The campground provides 18 sites with tables, tent pad, lantern post, and fire ring. Six of the sites are accessible and have electric hookups.There is also one double group campsite, opportunities for Trout fishing, and 2 short hiking trails available.Click on the Brochure or Guide for a printable copy.
At a Glance
Day Use Open March 1 through October 31; Campground Open April 1 - October 31. Campers only in campground after 10:00 PM. Entrance gate may be closed from 10 pm to 6 am.
Day use fees are $2 per car; $10 per bus. Camp sites $8.00 and $16.00 for group sites. Electric sites $15. Pavilion rental $34. No day use fee for holders of Senior, Access, or Annual Interagency Passes. Annual MTNF day use passes are $20.
From Rolla, MO go 12 miles south on Hwy 63; turn west onto Forest Road 1892 (marked by entrance sign). Follow this road 1.5 miles to recreation area.
Camping & Cabins
This campground has 18 accessible individual campsites. Sites 2,3,4, and 5 are fully accessible. Six of these sites have electricity. Seventeen are single campsites, accommodating up to 2 vehicles and/or 8 persons. One site is a double or group site that can serve up to 16 people. Most of the sites are traditional back-in sites; one is a pull-through site. Each site has a table, lantern post and a fire ring. The vault toilets are accessible and water hydrants are centrally located.
Can accommodate up to 34' RVs. Electrical hookups available at this location. No water or sewer hookups available.
River and Stream Fishing
This portion of Little Piney Creek is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream or Wild Trout Fishery. (Link to MDC http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/places-fish/trout-areas) These are small streams that are not stocked, but depend on self-sustaining populations of Rainbow trout. Only artificial lures and flies may be used. Natural, soft plastic and scented baits are prohibited. The daily limit is one trout of 18 inches or greater length. Bass and sunfish are also found here.
The 1.25 mile long Blossom Rock Trail and the 1.5 mile long Cedar Bluff Trail both climb from the lowlands to the rocky bluffs above this recreation area, and loop back to the parking lot.
Naturewatch Featured species include Songbirds/Perching Birds, Hoofed Mammals (deer), and Small Mammals
The recreation area features an accessible shaded stone patio overlooking tranquil Lane Spring, a bubbling spring with watercress and native plant species. It has a variety of trees, including huge sycamores, cypress, oaks, and many others. The trails traverse through lush bottomland vegetation with abundant wildflowers, climbing to views of the river and unique rock outcroppings.
Fifteen individual accessible picnic sites are dispersed throughout the large open picnic area. Most are in shaded areas, and some are located in small groups. Most sites have a picnic table and a pedestal grill. Accessible vault toilets and water hydrants are centrally located within the picnic area. The site also has a shredded tire surfaced playground and commercial playground equipment.
Two group picnic pavilions with tables, grills and electrical outlets are popular for hosting family reunions, church picnics and other large gatherings. The picnic pavilions can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation System; they are also available for use on a first-come, first-served basis if not reserved. The Dogwood and Redwood Pavilions are accessible and each accommodate up to 100 persons.
The area is not managed for swimming: there are no lifeguards, depth or hazard markers, and the water is not tested. However, wading, tubing and water-play in the Little Piney Creek are popular activities at this recreation area.