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This area covers 13,503 acres in northeast Dent County and is located between Salem and Steelville. The entrance to the area is off Route 19. The area is mostly forested, but also includes food plots, ponds, and a 350-acre warm-water fish hatchery, which provides channel catfish, bluegill, and bass for stocking throughout the state. The area contains an intricate mosaic of dolomite glades and chert savannas with open-grown trees on exposed slopes.
The hatchery building houses a 2,000 square-foot visitor center. The center includes a 12,700 gallon aquarium. A variety of exhibits focusing on fishing and aquatic themes include an over-sized native Missouri mussel model, a model of hatchery water flow, computer games, fishing line knot- tying and many other demonstrations and displays. Remember to visit our Gift Shop. We also sell Missouri hunting and fishing permits.
Fishing for youth 15 years of age and younger is allowed in a pond on site during Visitor Center hours. Tackle and bait are available at the Visitors Center. There is no charge for fishing or the use of the equipment or bait.
The Lost Valley Fish Hatchery is the largest state-owned, warmwater hatchery in Missouri and one of the largest in the nation. The hatchery building houses a 2,000-square-foot visitors center, where visitors can learn about fish culture, fishing and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The hatchery is on the headwaters of the Current River. Facilities/features include: five fishing jetties, two springs (Montauk Springs, Bluff Springs), Montauk Lake (five acres), picnic areas, shelter houses, camping, interpretive programs, hiking trails, motel, and dining provided by the Department of Natural Resources at Montauk State Park. This hatchery/trout park is inside Montauk State Park, southeast of Licking. From Route 137, turn east on Route V-V and go 10 miles to Route 119. Turn right on Route 119 and watch for signs.
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