Lake Springfield Park Boathouse Marina
Things To Do
Learn about eagles and other migratory birds visiting Lake Springfield this winter. Bring binoculars, telephoto cameras or small telescopes, or use equipment provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Indoor eagle programs, crafts and activities also offered by MDC staff and Dickerson Park Zoo at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Lake Springfield Boathouse 891-1550 Springfield Conservation Nature Center 888-4237
|Date:||Jan. 21 - 22|
|Time:||Sat., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Sun., 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.|
Canoes & Kayak
Rentals are available at the Lake Springfield Park Boathouse June 1 - September 30. Rented canoes and kayaks must be returned each day one hour prior to boathouse closing. The facility offers 17-foot canoes, single kayaks and 2-person kayaks.
Paddlers will use the James River Linear Park Water Trail as the trail route, which runs approximately 4.5-miles one way, along the Springfield Nature and Conservation Center and Galloway Creek, to Creighton Beach. Renters must be 18 years of age, with minors accompanied by an adult. All participants must sign a waiver and wear provided life jackets.
Boathouse Community Room Rental
The boathouse is available year-round for weddings, seminars, birthday parties, and other gatherings. The facility features seating for 80 with an attached full kitchen, flexible hours, view of the lake from the community room, and a 1,450-square-foot deck.
Hilltop Pavilion (Picnic Shelter & Playground)
The pavilion is located centrally in the park, with a beautiful view of the lake. The shelter may not be reserved.
The Northwoods Pavilion
Contact Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina at 417-891-1550 to schedule your family picnic, reunion, or special event at the secluded and beautifully shaded Northwoods Pavilion.
This activity is available during park hours only, from the shoreline. Missouri Department of Conservation regulations apply.
Nature Walks & Bird Watching
There are 2 trails in the park: a Greenways Trail, that runs from the Boathouse to a trail head on Kissick, and the Greater Ozark Audubon Trails, which is a half-mile loop located at the East end of the park. Eagle Point offers a great view of the Lake.
The Retail Shop
The retail shop offers room rentals year-round, boat rentals seasonally, full restrooms, fishing tackle, and other items.
Lake Springfield Park Trail
Lake Springfield Park Trail officially begins and ends at the trailhead located at the east end of Lake Springfield Park near the boat launch. Along this 1.4 mile wood chip trail are quarter-mile trail markers showing the mileage in both directions back to the trailhead. Going west, the trail follows the southern portion of the Greater Ozark Audubon Trail, branching off through the woods to the west and then turning north around the west side of the Northwoods Pavilion area.
The trail then runs west along the northern park boundary, through the woods and across a prairie area, before turning south, crossing the main park road and connecting to the James River Greenway Trail. From this intersection, you can follow the Greenway Trail east to the Boathouse and continue back to the trailhead, completing the 2.25-mile loop.
A majority of the trail was constructed through the guidance and efforts of the Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri non-profit group. A Century Mile Hiker's Club registration is available through the Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri website.
James River Greenway Trail
The 0.96-mile paved trail goes along a bluff area and prairie from the Kissick Road trailhead to the Boathouse. The trail is handicap accessible from the Boathouse, west to its intersection with the Lake Springfield Park Trail (0.85-miles). Several fishing areas are available along the trail.
Greater Ozark Audubon Trail
This rugged wood chip trail is a loop beginning and ending at the trailhead, located at the east end of Lake Springfield Park near the boat launch. The trail runs north along the bluff area, and is highlighted by Eagle Point. The southern portion of the trail contains a restoration glade project, a joint venture with the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Greater Ozark Audubon Society, Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri, and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
For park or rental information, call 417-891-1550.