Lane Spring Recreation Area


Area Status: Open
View of the Playground equipment at Lane Spring

Lane Spring Recreation Area is situated along Little Piney Creek in a beautiful hardwood area. Its location and beautiful surroundings make it a popular destination for weddings, family reunions, fishing, camping, nature observation and hiking. While you have the peace, quiet and tranquility of a creekside campground, the audible noise of Highway 63 can sometimes be heard in the distance. 

An accessible stone patio, shaded by trees, overlooks tranquil Lane Spring, a bubbling spring with watercress and native plant species. It is bordered by a variety of trees, including sycamore, cypress, oak and many others.

Little Piney Creek parallels the entire recreation area and is a Blue-Ribbon Wild Trout stream offering opportunities to reel in Rainbow Trout as well as Bass and Sunfish.

The 1.25-mile Blossom Rock Trail and the 1.5-mile Cedar Bluff Trail traverse through lush bottomland vegetation with abundant wildflowers, before climbing to views of the river and rock outcroppings. Birding and wildlife viewing is popular along the trails.

The recreation area offers a picnic area and individual picnic sites, as well as camping, including several waterfront campsites.

During the off season limited parking is available for day use by the gate. 

 

A printable Guide with a map is available (pdf).

Overlook of Lane Spring Lane Spring Campground site number 1 in a fall setting Lane Spring Picnic Area can accommodate large groups Lane Spring Pavilion Watercrest growing in Lane Spring

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Day Use opened for season on March 1, 2022 and campground opens for season April 15, 2022. Water will not be available until May 1.
Operational Hours: Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Reservations: Campsites are first come, first served.  Reservation needed for the group picnic pavilion* -
  • Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation. *The pavilion is first come, first served if it's not already reserved. 
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Payment is by cash or check only, no credit cards are accepted at the recreation area. Camping
  • Single:
    • Nonelectric: $8/night
    • Electric: $15/night
  • Double: $16/night
Day Use
  • Per car: $2/day
  • Per bus: $10/day
  • Group Picnic Pavilion: $34/day, including the reservation fee*
The picnic pavilion is first come, first served if not already reserved. Additional fees will be collected at the campground for extra vehicles and for parking in the day-use area.  
Permit Info: A special use permit is needed for groups over 100. Please visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: March 1 - October 31
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: April to September
Restrictions:
  • Campers required to check-in with on-site host upon arrival and to pick up fee envelope if the site was not reserved online.
  • Campground: Fees will be paid at the fee tube provided.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Campsite parking allows for two vehicles per site. Park only in designated parking areas.
  • No more than 8 people are permitted at single sites (16 for double sites).
  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash in the campground.
  • Only collect dead and downed wood for campfires. 
Closest Towns: Rolla, MO; Edgar Springs, MO
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Passes: There is a 50% discount for camping for anyone with an Interagency Access or Senior Pass. Interagency passes cover the full day use fees, excluding busses. Pass information can be found on the Passes and Permits page of the website. 
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District
Email | Phone and Address

General Information

Directions:

From Rolla, MO

  • go 12 miles south on Hwy 63;
  • turn right/west onto Forest Road 1892 (marked by entrance sign).
  • Follow this road 1.5 miles to recreation area where the road dead ends.

Accessibility:

Toilets and campsites are accessible.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Most of the sites are traditional back-in sites; two sites are a pull-through site. Each site has a table, lantern post and a fire ring. The vault toilets are accessible and water spigot are centrally located. There is garbage collection on site.

Six of the nonelectric sites are next to the Little Piney Creek, sites 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 16. 

 

No. of Sites
  • Single
    • Electric: 6 sites - sites 1 through 5, and site 7
    • Nonelectric: 11 sites
      • Sites 4 and 13 are pull-through sites
  • Double
    • 4 sites:
      • Loop A: Site 15
      • Loop B: Sites 19 through 21

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Electrical hookups available at this location at 6 sites. No water or sewer hookups available.

Most of the sites are traditional back-in sites; two sites are a pull-through site. Each site has a table, lantern post and a fire ring. The vault toilets are accessible and water spigot are centrally located. There is garbage collection on site.

Six of the nonelectric sites are next to the Little Piney Creek, sites 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 16. 

No. of Sites
  • Single
    • Electric: 6 sites - sites 1 through 5, and site 7
    • Nonelectric: 11 sites
      • Sites 4 and 13 are pull-through sites
  • Double
    • 4 sites:
      • Loop A: Site 15
      • Loop B: Sites 19 through 21
Vehicle Clearence No restrictions
Size Restrictions Can accommodate up to 34' RVs.
Pavement Type of Parking Asphalt

River and Stream Fishing

Recreation areas with activity River and Stream Fishing:

Lane Spring feeds Little Piney Creek creating a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. The stream can be shallow, depending on rainfall. This creek is popular for fishing and on some weekends you may find several fisherman scattered along the creek.

For trout fishing you will need a fishing license and a trout stamp from the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Special Designations Blue Ribbon Trout Management Area
Fishing Mode wading
Fish Species Bass, sunfish, and trout; The daily limit is one trout of 18 inches or greater length.
Water Temperature spring-fed portions: 50 - 60 degrees
Fishing Method Flyfishing; only artificial lures and flies may be used. Natural, soft plastic and scented baits are prohibited.
Water/Flow Level shallow in places

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Blossom Rock Trail

Blossom Rock Trail is a 1.1 mile trail in the Lane Spring Recreation Area. the trail can be accessed between campsites 16 and 17. It leads up to the Blossom Rock, which is a sandstone formation that appears to "blossom" forth from the surrounding limestone. Views of Little Piney Creek during the late fall and spring is possible.

Cedar Bluff Trail

Cedar Bluff Trail is a 1.5 mile trail in the Lane Spring Recreation Area. It climbs the hillside a rocky cedar glade and view of Little Piney Creek are possible. The trailhead is on the right as you enter the day use area at the bottom of the hill. 

Viewing Scenery

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:

As you stroll along the paved path from the day use area, theres a short walk to the Little Piney Creek, shaded by sycamore, cypress, oaks and many other trees. The trails traverse through lush bottomland vegetation, where even in the dry season it's still wet, green, and  abundant with wildflowers.

Along the way you will pass a crystal clear spring. The spring feeds a pool that is about 25 feet across where you can see the sand shifting through the clear water as the spring feeds into the pool. 

Lane Spring is a great place to enjoy the quiet of the woods from the 10 foot by 10 foot rock observation deck. Stop and rest on the wooden bench before heading down the stone steps that lead into the spring. Many visitors enjoy dipping their toes in the shallow, but bracing 60 degree water.

As you continue your walk, just a few feet away from the spring you will find the Little Piney Creek where many enjoy swimming and fishing. 

Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Seven individual accessible picnic sites are dispersed throughout the large open picnic area. Most are in shaded areas, and some are located in small groups. All of the sites have a picnic table and a pedestal grill.

Accessible vault toilets and water fountains/spigots are centrally located within the picnic area.

No. of Sites 7 individual picnic sites
No. of Accessible Sites The tables are accessible, there is no paved/cement path to the tables.

Group Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:

Two open-sided group picnic pavilions with tables, grills and electrical outlets are popular for hosting family reunions, church picnics and other large gatherings. The Dogwood and Redwood Pavilions are accessible and each accommodate up to 100 persons. Both pavilions are a short walking distance from Little Piney Creek and Lane Spring. 

Both pavilions have large open areas near them for frisbee and other outdoor activities. 

There are paved sidewalks to the pavilions and Lane Spring.

 

No. of Sites Two picnic pavilions that can accomodate up to 100 people each.
No. of Accessible Sites Both pavilions are accessible.

Swimming

Recreation areas with activity Swimming:

Wading, tubing and water-play in the Little Piney Creek are popular activities at this recreation area. Visitors can access the creek all along the recreation area. 

When you walk past the spring on the trail, the trail ends and there is an opening along the bank of the creek where a sandy beach type area is located. Fisherman trails along the creek have other sandy spots were wading is popular. The bed of the creek is mostly rocky.

The area is not managed for swimming: there are no lifeguards, depth or hazard markers, and the water is not tested. 

Tubing

Recreation areas with activity Tubing:

Visitors can access the creek on the backside of the campground, between site #16 and Blossom Rock Trail, where they can then float downstream to where Lane Spring enters the creek to take out. 

Amenities

Camping trailer:
Picnic tables: at each site and in day use area
Tent camping:
Parking: Day Use: multiple parking lots that can fit 75 vehicles total
Toilets:
Fee charged for some activities: day use and camping
Accessible: picnic pavilions, all campsites, individual picnic tables
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.795234

  Longitude : 
-91.83522606