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January 1, Friday – FIRST DAY HIKE
Get your New Year off to a great start and join us at 2:00 pm at the Stone Picnic Shelter as we take a hike up to view our
Eagles Nest! Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Completing the entire two-mile trail is optional.


February 5, Friday – Bald Eagle Viewing Days
Join us for this unique eagle-viewing event on Friday, February 5 at 8 am. Watch as the eagles glide across the skies
above the Montauk Valley. We will hike up near an active eagle’s nest in the park. A spotting scope and binoculars will
be available. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the CCC stone picnic shelter where we
will have a warm fire and FREE coffee and hot chocolate. For more information, call (573) 548-2225.


February 8, Monday – Last Day of Catch and Release Season
The second Monday in February marks the end of the winter Catch-and-Release Season. Fishing is not allowed within
park boundaries until March 1.


February 12, Friday – Making maple Syrup
Join us at the Montauk Spring parking lot for this NEW program. We will learn how to identify and tap maple trees,
collect the sap and make maple syrup. The program runs from 9-11 am.


March 1, Tuesday – Opening of the 2016 Missouri State Trout Season
March 1st marks the opening day of the year 2016 Missouri Trout Fishing Season. Large numbers of enthusiastic
anglers participate in this exciting first day of the Current River Rainbow Trout fishing season in Montauk State Park.
Come early to make preparations to fish. Fishing hours: 6:30 am to 6 pm.


March 12, Saturday – Men’s trout Fishing Tournament
A trout tournament will be held for gentlemen of any age. Two classes in the tournament include fly and bait
categories. Two winners in each class, heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift certificates will be awarded to
winners. Participants can register for the tournament in the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Tournament hrs: 7:30 am to
2 pm, Central Daylight Time.


March 19, Saturday – Ladies Trout Fishing Tournament
Ladies of any age can participate in this trout fishing tournament. Participants will register at the Dorman L. Steelman
Lodge. Two classes of fishing will be allotted, one for fly fishing and the other for bait fishing. Two winners in each
class: heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift certificates will be awarded to the winners that are redeemable
for merchandise at the Montauk Lodge. Tournament Hours are 7:30 am to 2 pm Central Daylight Time.


March 26, Saturday – Montauk Arbor Day
FREE tree seedlings will be handed out to park visitors at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge between the hours of 9 am
and 3 pm Let’s take time to grow a tree for future generations. Trees provided courtesy of Missouri Dept. of
Conservation’s George White Nursery. Also sign up for special drawing for rare seed from our native chestnut, the
Ozark Chinquapin!


March 27, Sunday – Easter Sunday Lunch Buffet
A very special Easter Buffet will be prepared and served by the chefs of the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge and will be
served in the dining lodge between 11 am to 4 pm.


April 16, Saturday – Spring Wildflower Event
The event includes a hands-on wildflower search. Meet at the Park Naturalist’s Office. This educational activity will be
held from 9 am to 11:30 am For more information, call the park naturalist at (573) 548-2225.


April 23, Saturday – Bird Hike
Meet at the stone CCC picnic shelter for this unique program that runs from 8 am to 12 noon. Learn about the
diversity of birds that live here in the park. Wear something comfortable to walk in and bring binoculars if you have
them. Whether you are a beginner or veteran birder, come along and join the fun as we watch, listen and enjoy.


April 30, Saturday – Spring Kids Free Fishing Day
Children’s free fishing tags can be picked up at the registration booth the night before the event from 5 pm to 8 pm or
all day Saturday during the event. All children must pick up their tag before fishing. NO daily trout fishing tag fee will
be required for children ages 15 and under on this day. A special designated fishing area will be provided for children,
however children can fish anywhere in the park. For more information, call Montauk State Fish Hatchery at (573) 548-
2585. Fishing hours are 6:30 am to 8:15 pm.


May 8, Sunday – Live Hummingbird Banding Demonstration
Join researcher and master bird bander Lanny Chambers of Fenton, Missouri as he captures and studies these
fascinating little flying machines. Learn about the secret world of the Hummingbird as they are banded and released
between 9 am - 12 noon. These demonstrations will take place at the Hummingbird Garden in front of the Montauk
Lodge. The demonstration is free.


May 5, Thursday – Senior Citizens’ Trout Fishing Tournament
This trout tournament will be open to any man or woman 60 years of age or older. Two classes will be designated, fly
or bait. Two prizes will be awarded to winners in each class for heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift
certificates will be presented to the winners upon completion of the tournament. Registration at Dorman L. Steelman
Lodge. Tournament hours are 6:30 am to 2 pm.


May 6-7, Friday and Saturday – Mill Celebration
9 am to 4 pm. Step back into the past during this two-day event and experience lost skills, arts and crafts of the Ozarks.
The celebration will include mill tours, old time music, dance, crafts, arts of the Ozarks, soap making, sheep shearing,
and visitors can witness blacksmiths as they make steel that will be transformed into a gun barrel, a knife or
horseshoes. See a real whiskey still, an Ozark quilting bee, and try your hand at using a crosscut saw. These are a few of
the skills from the past waiting for you. Friday is Students’ Day.


May 8, Sunday – Mother’s Day Special Sunday Buffet
Bring mom and the family to Montauk on this special day. The Mother’s Day Buffet will be prepared and served by the
staff of the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm.


May 28, Saturday – Birds Of Prey
Bring your lawn chairs to sit and relax as you see a bald eagle, owls and hawks up close during this unique outdoor
program! You must be seated when the program starts. Handlers will allow some of the birds to fly just inches above
the heads of the audience as they talk about the unique characteristics of each bird of prey. The program will be held in
the field adjacent to the park lodge at 2 pm Saturday. Program is presented by the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis.


June 4, Saturday – Fly Fishing Clinic
A fly fishing clinic will be held adjacent to the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge that experienced and proficient anglers will
conduct for all ages. Both fly fishing and casting techniques will be demonstrated and participants will be given an
opportunity to practice casting techniques in an open field area. Trout Park fishing strategies and successful trout

fishing tactics will also be discussed. Meet adjacent to the Lodge in the large open field at 1 pm. Registration is not required.


June 4, Saturday – Montauk State Park’s Open House for Park Visitors
An open house will be held at the Searcy Meeting Room located next to the Park Office to give visitors an opportunity
to ask questions and receive some useful information pertaining to future development and direction of the park.
Visitors may also review the park’s stream and natural resource management plans. The meeting will be held from
1 pm to 5 pm. Please make plans to attend this informative meeting.


June 11-12, Saturday & Sunday – Free Fishing Days
Daily Trout Fishing Tag and Fishing license will NOT be required for individuals fishing in Montauk State Park on
these specific dates only. Come join in and fish for fun! For more information, call the Montauk State Park Fish
Hatchery at (573) 548-2585. Fishing hours: 6:30 am to 8:30 pm.


June 14, Tuesday – Flag Day / Montauk / USA”
Visitors will have the opportunity to view the many American Flags that will be on display throughout the park on
cabins, the lodge, and in the campground. Celebrate Flag Day in Montauk / Missouri / USA with us!


June 18, Saturday – Stream Team Clean-up of Upper Current River
Bring dad out Father’s Day Weekend and help make the upper Current River litter free and beautiful! Registration and
sign-up time: 8 am to 9 am at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Clean-up runs from 9 am to 4 pm and takes place from
the start of Current River at Montauk Spring and goes down to Baptist Camp. A BBQ supper will be served to all
registered participants at Current River State Park at 6:30 pm Drawing for canoes and other prizes to follow. You MUST
be present to win! Call the Park Naturalist’s Office at 573-548-2225 for more information.


July 3, Sunday – Live Hummingbird Banding Demonstration
Join researcher and master bird bander Lanny Chambers of Fenton, Missouri as he captures and studies these
fascinating little flying machines. Learn about the secret world of the Hummingbird as they are banded and released
between 9 am - 12 noon. These demonstrations will take place at the Hummingbird Garden in front of the Dorman
L. Steelman Lodge. The demonstration is free.


August 6, Saturday – Summer’s End Children’s Free Fishing Day
Tags are free for children ages 15 and under on this day ONLY to fish in Montauk State Park. The children must pick
up children’s free fishing tags at the Lodge on Friday evening after 7 pm or anytime on Saturday. The tags are required
for kids fishing on this day. Youngsters can fish anywhere inside the park, no designated fishing area will be set aside.
Adults must have daily trout tag to assist children by holding their pole with their fishing activities.


August 7, Sunday – Live Hummingbird Banding Demonstration
Join researcher and master bird bander Lanny Chambers of Fenton, Missouri as he captures and studies these
fascinating little flying machines. Learn about the secret world of the Hummingbird as they are banded and released
between 9 am - 12 noon. These demonstrations will take place at the Hummingbird Garden in front of the Dorman
L. Steelman Lodge. The demonstration is free.


August 13, Saturday – Kids Trout Tournament
This tournament is limited to 15 year old or under girls or boys. Two age categories: one group will be for ages of 11
years and under, and another group will be established for anglers 12 years of age and up to and including 15 years of
age. Registration will be at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Two prizes will be awarded in each age group, for trout,
and stringer of trout, by a random drawing of all entries at 2 pm in the Lodge. Gift Certificates will be awarded to
winners. Tournament hours are 7 am to 2 pm. Other prizes will be awarded courtesy of the Ray Parker Memorial.


September 4, Sunday – Live Hummingbird Banding Demonstration
Join researcher and master bird bander Lanny Chambers of Fenton, Missouri as he captures and studies these
fascinating little flying machines. Learn about the secret world of the Hummingbird as they are banded and released
between 9 am - 12 noon. These demonstrations will take place at the Hummingbird Garden in front of the Dorman
L. Steelman Lodge. The demonstration is free.


September 10-11, Saturday & Sunday – Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association Tournament
The tournament is open to all visitors. Register to participate in the derby at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge on
Friday night between the hours of 6:30 pm and 8:15 pm, or on Saturday morning from 6:30 am to 8 am. Anglers
entering the tournament will pay an entry fee and prizes will be awarded for tagged fish caught during the derby. The
prizes will be awarded to all winners on Sunday at 12 noon at the J. Ben Searcy Building.


October 1-2, Saturday & Sunday “53rd Annual Rose Holland Trout Derby”
Participants will have the opportunity to fish for tagged trout during this fishing derby. Anglers catching tagged trout
will receive prizes awarded on Sunday just after the derby ends at 12 noon. Nature Bingo will be held on Friday at 6
pm at the campground amphitheater. An Old Time Cruise-In Car Show will be held at the Searcy Building on Friday
night at 4:00 pm. And Hikes for Your Heart on Saturday, plus other activities, will fill the weekend with fun,
entertainment, and excitement for all.


October 22, Saturday – A Haunting in the Mill
Bats, voices and images of ghosts from the past await you at the old Grist Mill where history comes to life! Experience
this unique nighttime tour of the Historic Montauk Mill located across the road from the picnic shelter. Join us for
one of three tours starting at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm. Only the first 80 visitors will be allowed in for each tour.
Who knows what historic characters may appear!


November 5, Saturday – 5K Fun Run/Walk
The Salem Memorial District Hospital and Missouri State Parks will sponsor a 5K fun run/walk starting 9 am at the Mill Shelter.


November 11, Friday – Catch and Release Trout Season Opens
This date marks the opening of the annual winter “Catch and Release” no creel trout season at Montauk State Park.
Fishing allowed Friday through Monday, 8 am to 4 pm. The Dorman L. Steelman Lodge restaurant, snack bar, and
store will be open on Friday through Sunday for limited hours of each weekend during the winter season to
accommodate visitors. Some housekeeping cabins, motel rooms, and a meeting room will be available throughout the
winter season.


November 24, Thursday – Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
A traditional full course Thanksgiving Dinner, assembled by the chefs of Montauk for this very special holiday, served
in the dining room at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge from 11 am to 3 pm.