Resort at a Glance: RiverWood Resort
RiverWood Resort’s lodges and cottages are secluded along the banks of the Niangua River just 20 minutes outside of downtown Lebanon, right in the midst of excellent hiking and year-round trout fishing. You’ll be well-equipped to do both or to just hang out inside and read or relax and watch the river flow past.
- Explore the outdoors while hiking, canoeing, and hunting (depends on season and local laws). Bennett Springs State Park is located less than 1 mile away.
- Lodge features: stone fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, satellite TV, and jetted tubs
- Decks with barbecue grills are available on the property overlooking the river or lake.
- This year’s record catch: 25 trout caught and released in one day
- Watch out for eagles, which are known to circle over the river.
- Ideal for families: In addition to the outdoor activities, there are outlet malls nearby.
Lebanon, Missouri: White Ribbon Trout Fishing on Route 66
A stop on historic U.S. Route 66, Lebanon sits in central Missouri, 60 miles from Springfield. The water is unique here in many ways: in 1889, a construction worker on the city’s well discovered that the water inside had magnetic properties. Magnetic water is said to have healing effects, and the worker’s discovery soon drew in many visitors to the town.
Meanwhile, in Bennett Spring State Park just outside town, there is White Ribbon trout fishing, meaning they can be fished year-round. Lebanon has particularly good fishing in March, however—thousands of trout hunters come here for the opening of the season.