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Eventhough my wife Bennie is 85 % bedridden and is in pain 24/7, you mentinon Bennett Spring to her and she is ready. Bennie will fish in the disabled area and tolerates her pain and fishes for about 1/2 hr and usually gets her limit. To see this its like a miracle and she always says, with being in constant pain, I might as well do what I love to do best and that is trout fishing at Bennett Springs. Her loving husband, Jerry

 
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My name is Cherrilaine Hostetler I have been going to Bennett Spring State Park ever since I moved down here, and I have been living 9 miles away from it since I was 2 and a half. This is most beautiful and peaceful place I have been to every time you turn around someone with a helping hand or just a smile is always around the corner. When it comes right down to it, Bennett Springs is the home to most of us but I have worked there and spent most of my time there and in time dreams have came true there,and so many memories have been made there by so many families. If I had a say in it to me and im sure for most people its a true meaning when one says that its a magical place. All your stress is just gone when you get there you can relax, and enjoy the nature and all of its beauty. Now that i have a child of my own I now understand the importance of it and my son will be took there for family memories to be made. To me Bennett Springs is not just a place for family and friends to come together, but it gives people a way to reconnect with nature and its beauty, and it reminds us why we have to take care and preserve it for the future generations and many more generations to come. Its a like a church but its natures medication and its natures way of teaching us what its all about,well at least it was that way for me.

 
Cherrilaine Hostetler
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My grandparents first brought my brother and my sister down to Bennet Springs when were about 10 years old. That took us every year until they passed. I have been trying to go more recently and I truely do enjoy the peacefulness of the park the people that work there. I look forward to going as much as possible.

 
Kevin Harshner
Manager of Operations
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We've been bringing our grandkids here for years to camp and float and enjoy nature! My grandmother lived in Lebanon, and we would visit her then sometimes come to the park. I found a picture of us all at BS in 1954. Grandma had her dress on, as most women wore back then! We've seen eagles here, and enjoyed swimming in the beautiful swimming pool, and also Moon Valley. What a great place to make memories! Going down again in a few weeks! Trying to have one more float trip!

 
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I love coming to Bennett Springs with my family! They all say i am an expert at trout fishing. Everyone should get a taste of what its like to be outside and free, away from technology, and that's coming from a teenager herself! keep it up! :)
 
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Spring, 1954. I was 9, my younger brother, Ray, 6. A friend of the family took us down. We parked in the lot across the street from the old park office. Our 'guardian' pulled a tarp and a blanket out of his trunk and said, "good night", sleeping on the ground. Ray and I ran around like we'd been released from prison! We'll never forget it. It's been almost 60 years since that first visit. The stream has changed tremendously: not all for the better in our opinion. Ray was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. (He's okay now.) But the first thought I had was, "I'll never be able to go to Bennett if anything happens to him!" Bennett is that special for us: a mystical place both past and present that binds us and restores our family. We can't go out on the 'new' dam without seeing our Dad leaning on the wall, watching us fish. If we were really "onto them", he'd brag, "those are my boys." The stranger would ask, "what are they using?". "I don't know and they won't tell me!" he'd reply. We have been and still are deeply grateful for Missouri maintaining this sacred, enchanted valley all these years. The memories of our lives and those of our ancestors are captured in the eternal waters cascading over the 'new dam'. Till the next siren blows.
 
Larry Park
Chief Cook/Bottle Washer
Home Inspection Professionals, Inc.
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Last Labor Day weekend we held the rehersal dinner for my sons wedding at the Dining Lodge. It was the nicest place around the area to have such an event. Though I was a bit lerry of having to be served from the buffet but it not only worked out well the food was good. The selection had something for everone. The Lodge Manager and her staff were perfect hosts and no one lacked for fast service which was served up with a genuinely friendly smile. The couple got married on the river bank at a locally owned private resort and I was afraid we would have to drive a long was to find a nic, clean place with a great atmosphere and desent food. After seeing the Lodge and talking to the staff the decision to have the dinner here was a no brainer. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a classy place to hold such an event near the river to come here. Thanks Gals, Randy Presley

 
Randy Presley
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City of Republic, Missouri
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My daddy, Warren Jeffries, was one of many young men that served in the CCC during the depression that helped build this beautiful & wonderful historical site. I can remember visiting each time I am close, & just the memories make me smile & give me peace!!! Thanks to all the people that have made this spot so special. A true gift from God!!!
 
marian jeffries tomlinson
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Bennett Springs is one of the true combined gifts of man and our creator. A place of solitude where you can enjoy nature, family, and friends in one of the best setting in the world. My first trip was 1978 and I cannot names the number of times we have been there. Good memories with family and friends, and kids first fishing adventures. Make the trip from Virginia almost every year to camp and fish. Thanks to everyone who has and continues to make this such a great park.
 
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I have been going to Bennet Spring since I was 3 yrs old . My grand parrents were the first to take me . They also have been going forever . It's a family tradition to go every year atleast once . Every time we go down , its like coming home . I look forward to going every time , and hope to keep the tradition alive !

 
Lucas Conkling
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I have been going to Bennet Spring since I was 3 yrs old . My grand parrents were the first to take me . They also have been going forever . It's is a family tradition to go every year atleast once . Every time we go down , its like coming home . I look forward to going every year , and hope to keep the tradition alive !

 
Lucas Conkling
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My dad took me to opening day 1964 and ever since then I have been in love with this park. I learned to fly fish there. Thanks to the many people that over the years that have shared their time on the stream. Some have become life long friends and I cherish them as well as I do the many trout that have fallen for my flies and the ones that refused them. I have over the past several years been able to travel and fish other places in the U.S., New Zealand, and west Australia. Still my favorite waters are in the Ozarks with Bennett at the top of the list. I look forward to starting my fifth decade of fishing at Bennett Spring.

 
Glen Miller
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My intent is that this note today comes across as a testimonial advertisement for a little slice of heaven on earth which can be a truly magical place..... Thanks to my loving father and mother , our family has been visiting and enjoying Bennett Spring and the surrounding area for over five decades. From when I was a little kid, boy scout, father, and soon to be semi-full time resident I have come to love the park area. I recommend, with great enthusiasm, that families new and old visit the park annually, to enjoy what the spring, summer , fall and winter seasons have to offer. You are guaranteed nothing less than memories which will last a lifetime
 
mike spiegel
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My intent is that this note today comes across as a testimonial advertisement for a little slice of heaven on earth which can be a truly magical place..... Thanks to my loving father and mother , our family has been visiting and enjoying Bennett Spring and the surrounding area for over five decades. From when I was a little kid, boy scout, father, and soon to be semi-full time resident I have come to love the park area. I recommend, with great enthusiasm, that families new and old visit the park annually, to enjoy what the spring, summer , fall and winter seasons have to offer. You are guaranteed nothing less than memories which will last a lifetime
 
mike spiegel
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I grew up visiting the park and the river outside the park. The Suzy hole was named after my mom's great aunt because before it was a stat park she would do her washing in that part of the river that comes out of an underground water hole. My grand father on my fathers side worked at building up the park and helped build some of the cabins under FDR'S jobs plan. It is a beautiful park and I have a deep family connection to it.

 
Steven Douglas Addison
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Spring, 1954. I was 9, my younger brother, Ray, 6. A friend of the family took us down. We parked in the lot across the street from the old park office. Our 'guardian' pulled a tarp and a blanket out of his trunk and said, "good night", sleeping on the ground. Ray and I ran around like we'd been released from prison! We'll never forget it. It's been almost 60 years since that first visit. The stream has changed tremendously: not all for the better in our opinion. Ray was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. (He's okay now.) But the first thought I had was, "I'll never be able to go to Bennett if anything happens to him!" Bennett is that special for us: a mystical place both past and present that binds us and restores our family. We can't go out on the 'new' dam without seeing our Dad leaning on the wall, watching us fish. If we were really "onto them", he'd brag, "those are my boys." The stranger would ask, "what are they using?". "I don't know and they won't tell me!" he'd reply. We have been and still are deeply grateful for Missouri maintaining this sacred, enchanted valley all these years. The memories of our lives and those of our ancestors are captured in the eternal waters cascading over the 'new dam'. Till the next siren blows.
 
Larry Park
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Home Inspection Professionals, Inc.
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Bennett Spring is an ideal fishing getaway for the entire family. I get my time to both fly fish on my own as well as bait fish with my children. I highly recommend this stream to any family looking for a fishing vacation.
 
Randy Streeter
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Bennett Spring is where I come to step out of the everyday rush and submerge myself into a world of peace and pure nature!
 
blake mundle
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My parent took me trout fishing here as a kid for years and Then I took my Husband, and we return with our kids to share the beauty for this area and the joy of landing your first Rainbow Trout..What a beautiful place for such precious memories.
 
Barbara Gann
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this place rocks
 
hunter fullhart
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My Father first brought me to Bennett Springs over 30 years ago and has always been my favorite place to come especially with my wife and daughter who love to fish also
 
Troy Henderson
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I have been coming here for years now. My dad first took me here when I was a little boy and it is absolutly beatiful. The sites are fantastic and the fishing is second to none. All in all a great place for kids or grown ups. A+++
 
Noble Bellis
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I have been going to Bennett Spring State Park for 35 years and have always had the best time regardless of the weather. I have experienced the thrill of opening day standing shoulder to shoulder and have a great time. People here are always friendly and great you with a smile. We try to make it down at least once a year and will continue to do so until old age gets the best of us.

Thanks for the memories!
 
John Fox
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We vacation at Bennett Springs every year, its the most relaxing place on earth for our family to spend a week a way. The cabins are awesome and we recommend them to everyone we know.
 
Kathy Wisor
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My family is from Bennett and I have been going there since I was a baby. I love to fish,canoe,hike, and just being outdoors with my family! I can't wait till July when I go for vacation =) p.s GIRLS can fish too, better!
 
Kayla McNaughton
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Just returned home from a four day stay at Bennett Springs and we loved it. We went down as a family of 10, for my mom and dad's 45th wedding anniversary. We took many previous trips as a family when all of us children were smaller with my dad's parents and his sisters and their families. But we had not been back for 25 years. A lot of memories were relived and a lot of new ones were made. This time my parents were the grandparents and one of my sisters and I were the parents and we took our five children. Our children's ages range from 4 to 17 and a good time was had by all. The park is so quiet and peaceful. We fished in the morning and relaxed at our cabin in the afternoon's and made a few trips to the nearby local attractions;which included Bass Pro, Lambert's restaurant, and the Wild Animal Safari. We will definately be back
 
Billie Little
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Bennett Springs is our home away from home. We have a camper set up year 'round outside the park and just can't wait every year for the season to begin. No matter what you have going on in your life you can always go fishing at this beautiful place and forget about things at home for a few minutes or days. We've tried other places but between the people that work and visit Bennett Springs there is none comparable.
 
Cathy Smith
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I have used the camping and floating amnities at BSSP in the past and must admit that I had no trouble w/reservations, campsites, or canoe delivery. The reservation process was smooth; the campsite was clean and accessable; and the canoeing was enjoyable. Everything was to my satisfaction and I have recommended it to my friends.
 
Walt
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Bennett Springs State Park is my favorite place in beautiful Missouri! The relaxing atmosphere, beautiful senery, and awesome fishing, makes for a very family friendly vacation.The Park offers camping, motels,& cabins in Park & near by to suit all needs! Also has, swimming pool,muesum,& hatchery. We've been coming here for years & always have a pleasent, relaxing time! I'd recommend this Park to anyone looking for beautiful place in MO. to vacation! Susie
 
Susan Belshe
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there is no better place than Bennett Spring. Our family comes here three or four times a year. Just great!!!
 
brenda
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I have been coming to Bennett Springs for the past 52 years. My dad brought me to Bennett in 1958. I was 8 years old and have been coming back ever since. He taught me how to tie my own flies, fly cast and clean fish. I brought my son in 1988, 30 years later and the fishing was just as great with him. Truly a piece full/memorable place to bring family generation after generation.
 
Craig Temple
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Bennett Springs is my favorite fishing spot. I have been coming since I was a kid. We come 2-3 times per year. It's relaxing and the fishing is usually great. Nothing like that black and yellow. Lunkers a plenty!
 
Chris Seagrass
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I spent a week at Bennett Spring State Park with my wife. It was the best fishing trip I have ever had. I caught trout from the first day to the last. Nothing was better than grilling fish caught that morning for dinner that night!
 
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I have been fishing at Bennett Spring for a long time.....since I was 12 years old. Each year I have come back by myself, with family or friends I still have the same thrill of catching my limit, sharing stories and the peace of the beautiful Spring Valley and Park amenities in all seasons. It is truly one of Missouri's great resorces. A tribute to the Parks and Soils Tax voted by the citizens of this great State.
 
Milton Barr
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WOW! Sure din spect to cetch so meny big trout. Tellin all my buddies bout this place -- that watters cold, too! And the sroundings perty too. Yuns have a nice park. Plannin my hunymoon here, munth afta next. Missus gonna love it, snugglin by the farpit ever nite.
 
William Bass
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The greatest experience ive had trout fishing. To be honest i went down there thinking that it was going to be stupid. But i was proven wrong by a long shot. I looked for things to complain about ,and i couldnt find one. GREAT FAMILY place. the employees are almost to NICE! Everyone there had a smile on there even if you were asking them a stupid question or had them explain common sense rules. Just an all around Great place. Matter of fact we will be back there in two days! and many years to follow
 
kyle G
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There is no better place than Bennett Spring State Park. We have been having our annual fall family reunion in the campground for the past 10 years. What a great time!!!
 
Brenda Maffrand
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Bennett Springs is a family tradition for me. Stepping into the stream and un-spooling line from my reel is like sitting in my grandfather's living room drinking a cup of coffee.
 
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My wife and I found out about Bennett Springs trout fishing last summer 2011, We went for the first time Sept, 7. We had so much fun, so relaxing, what a blessing. We went on the last day of trout season. This year we went the third day of fishing season. We are now planing to go again this May. We moved to MO, and we have never regreted it, what a wonderful state. The fishing is great and eating the catch is a great reward for hours of fishing fun. We are now looking into camping, and buying things to camp in the park. Missouri is such a great state, what a wonderful place to retire.

 
Mike Fahrer
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Would love for the State park to have a offical CD produce of the early morning and late night after fishing is over of the sound of the Dam and the sound of the wildlife. I would purchase more than one and send to all my family members it is amazing to listen to very soothing thanks for such a beautiful place.
 
Sarah Flynn
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My husband and I stumbled onto Bennett Springs in our early 20's. We were "hooked" at the very begninning. Now in our mid- 60's we haven't hardly missed a year of coming to Bennett Springs to spend our vacation for at least one week and some years two weeks. We love fly fishing and it is the best at Bennett Springs where we can relax be outdoors enjoying all of God's beauty.
 
Lynda Buchanan
Amin. Assist
Central Park Chrisitan Church
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Knocked my socks off with knwoldege!
 
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Bennett Spring Park is definitely one of my happy places. I have been coming here for years....love to fish off of the bridge and just enjoy the beauty of this park. I've probably stayed in every cabin/room at one time or another and have always enjoyed every minute. Looking forward to many, many more years of happiness at this amazing place.

 
Ruthie Brooks
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my husband and I have been coming own from minnesota for the Brumley gospel sing every year in august. it is so peaceful to watch the fishing and soak in the serenity of the area. Such a nice area. The food at the Lodge is especially good.
 
bette winkel
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my husband and I have been coming own from minnesota for the Brumley gospel sing every year in august. it is so peaceful to watch the fishing and soak in the serenity of the area. Such a nice area. The food at the Lodge is especially good.
 
bette winkel
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Bennett Springs is one of my favorite spots to vacation at. My family and I go down there at least 2-3 times a year. We all have a blast!!!!
 
Bryan
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Bennett Springs is one of my favorite spots to vacation at. My family and I go down there at least 2-3 times a year. We all have a blast!!!!
 
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