LAKE SPRINGFIELD PARK

5324 South Kissick Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 891-1550

Lake Springfield Park is under management of
the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Hours of Operation

October - May

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Sunday

June - September

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m Sunday

THINGS TO DO!

 

Fishing — during park hours only, from the shoreline. Missouri Department of Conservation regulations apply.

Nature Trails Photo AlbumPark Reservations Rates imageNature Walks and Bird Watching - Two trails are in the Park: A Greenways Trail runs from the Boathouse to a trail head on Kissick. The Greater Ozark Audubon Trails is a ½-mile loop located at the East end of the Park. Eagle Point offers a great view of the Lake.

Hilltop Pavilion (Picnic Shelter and Playground) — located centrally in the park, with a beautiful view of the lake. Shelter may not be reserved.

The Northwoods Pavilion — contact Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina at 891-1550 to schedule your family picnic, reunion or special event at the secluded and beautifully shaded Northwoods Pavilion.

Canoes and Kayak - rentals are available at the Lake Springfield Park Boathouse June 1 to the end of September.

Rented canoes and kayaks must be returned each day one hour prior to boathouse closing. The facility offers 17’ canoes, single kayaks and two-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 - available year-round forweddings,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.

 

The Retail Shop - The retail shop offers room rentals (year round), boat rentals (seasonal), full restrooms, fishing tackle, and other items.

Century Hiking Club poster 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 1.40 mile woodchip 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 at vfom.org.

 

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 woodchip 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.

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri flyer