List of Ozark Springs
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List of Ozark Springs

This is a list of natural springs in the Ozark Plateau ordered by spring magnitude. Different sources may give differing values for average daily flow of the same spring. This can result from different measuring methodologies and from a varying number of observations over different timespans. The sources for the flow data presented here are cited in the footnotes. The majority of these springs have been measured less than 10 times, at random intervals. The exceptions are Big Spring, Greer Spring, Mammoth Spring, Bennett Spring, Maramec Spring, Alley Spring, and Round Spring, which have all been measured for more than 3 years on a daily basis by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).[1]

Rank Spring Location Average volume per second Image
First magnitude - over 100 ft³/s[2]
1 Big Spring Carter County, Missouri 470 cu ft (13 m3)[3] Big Spring low flow 240 cfs.JPG
2 Greer Spring Oregon County, Missouri 360 cu ft (10 m3)[4] Greer Spring main outlet at 401cfs.JPG
3 Mammoth Spring Fulton County, Arkansas 347 cu ft (9.8 m3)[5] Mammoth spring (47).JPG
4 Bennett Spring Dallas County, Missouri 185 cu ft (5.2 m3)[6]
5 Double Spring Ozark County, Missouri 154.7 cu ft (4.38 m3)[7]
6 Maramec Spring Phelps County, Missouri 148.5 cu ft (4.21 m3)[7] Maramec Spring 20050423 1.jpg
7 Blue Spring Shannon County, Missouri 139.3 cu ft (3.94 m3)[7]
8 Alley Spring Shannon County, Missouri 125.3 cu ft (3.55 m3)[7]
9 Welch Spring Shannon County, Missouri 116 cu ft (3.3 m3)[7]
10 Boiling Spring Pulaski County, Missouri 105.3 cu ft (2.98 m3)[7]
Second magnitude 10 to 100 ft³/s[8]
11 North Fork Spring Ozark County, Missouri 71.4 cu ft (2.02 m3)[9]
12 Blue Spring Oregon County, Missouri 71.9 cu ft (2.04 m3)[10]
13 Montauk Spring Dent County, Missouri 82.0 cu ft (2.32 m3)[11]
14 Hahatonka Spring Camden County, Missouri 74.3 cu ft (2.10 m3)[7]
15 Roubidoux Spring Pulaski County, Missouri 58.3 cu ft (1.65 m3)[12]
16 Blue Spring
(inundated by Lake Wappapello)
Wayne County, Missouri 54.8 cu ft (1.55 m3)[13]
17 Round Spring Shannon County, Missouri 40 cu ft (1.1 m3)[14]
18 Pulltight Spring Shannon County, Missouri 45.5 cu ft (1.29 m3)[11]
19 Roaring River Spring Barry County, Missouri 31 cu ft (0.88 m3)[14]
19 Cave Spring Shannon County, Missouri 32.4 cu ft (0.92 m3)[10]
Third magnitude 1 to 10 ft³/s[15]

See also


  1. ^ USGS Annual Water Statistics
  2. ^ Some sources give million gallons per day, which is equivalent to 1.547229 ft³/s.
  3. ^ USGS Surface Water data for US - Big Spring 1981-2009
  4. ^ USGS Surface Water data for US - Greer Spring 1981-2009
  5. ^ USGS Surface Water data for US - Mammoth Spring 1981-2009
  6. ^ USGS Surface Water data for US - Bennett Spring
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Vineyard, Jerry D.; Fender, Gerald L. (1982) [1974]. Springs of Missouri (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Land Survey. p. 12. Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 73-620125. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Some second magnitude springs could be considered first magnitude, and vice versa, depending on the data used. This list includes only some of the larger second order springs.
  9. ^ Vineyard and Fender, 1982. p. 132
  10. ^ a b Vineyard and Fender, 1982. p. 57
  11. ^ a b Mike Gossett (February 2000). "Ozark Springs - Jewels of the Ozarks". National Park Service. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Blanc, Todd J. (May 2001). "Gasconade River Watersed Inventory and Assessment". Missouri Department of Conservation. Archived from the original on 2009-11-05. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ Beckman, H. C.; Hinchey, N. S. (1944). The Large Springs of Missouri. Rolla: Missouri Geological Survey and Water Resources. pp. 60-61.
  14. ^ a b Vineyard and Fender, 1982. p. 168
  15. ^ The number of third magnitude springs in the Ozarks numbers in the thousands.


  • Springs of Missouri, Vineyard and Feder, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Land Survey in cooperation with U.S. Geological Survey and Missouri Department of Conservation, 1982

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