The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation has begun a campaign to improve fishing and visitor access at a popular spot along the trout stream at Bennett Spring State Park.
The project will replace a deteriorating, unsightly concrete-covered bank behind the hatchery headquarters with an attractive 72-foot fishing and viewing platform. “This location below the scenic dam is popular with the public, especially with trout anglers,” noted hatchery manager Mike Mitchell. “The new platform will provide better fishing and viewing access. It will also improve visitor safety and help to stabilize the stream bank.” Up to 180,000 anglers visit the park annually, and many additional visitors come to picnic, camp, hike, and enjoy the scenery along this lovely stream.
“The Foundation welcomes the opportunity to help MDC and DNR by securing funds for this park enhancement” says MCHF President Dave Murphy. “We need to raise $45,000. We hope to have the money, and maybe even the new platform, by next year’s trout season opener.”
Donors at $1,000 and above will receive a framed print of the 1995 Missouri Trout Stamp signed and numbered by wildlife artist Chuck Witcher. A permanent plaque at the structure will recognize donors at two levels, $1,000 and $5,000 and above. Donate Now or send a check to MCHF, P.O. Box 366, Jefferson City, MO. 65102-0366. Please reference Bennett Spring with your donation or you may.