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Caves in Missouri

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Missouri is home to more than 6,000 caves, making us second to only Tennessee. If you are interested in learning more about caves, going on a tour, or going spelunking, follow the links below.

Spelunking Organizations

Scientific Organizations

Missouri State Parks - Cave Tours

Missouri State Parks - Wild Cave Tours

Missouri State Parks with Caves On-Site

Commercial Cave Tours

General Cave Information - Missouri State Parks

Publications

Missouri - The Cave State, Fact Sheet--PUB664 (06/02)

Missouri Springs, Fact Sheet--PUB656

WR-29. Springs of Missouri, 84.76 MB by Jerry D. Vineyard and Gerald L. Feder, with sections on fauna and flora by William L. Pflieger and Robert G. Lipscomb, 267 p., 94 figs., 26 tbls., 1974 (reprinted 1982). Describes and locates large springs of Missouri; includes rates of flow, and water composition and quality. Provides information on what makes springs work, pollution potential, historical use of springs, and flora and fauna found in and around them. 

WR-35. Hydrology of Carbonate Terrane—Niangua, Osage Fork, and Grandglaize Basins, Missouri, 51.31 MB by E.J. Harvey, John Skelton, and Don E. Miller, with section on Engineering Geology of Conns Creek Drainage System, by Thomas J. Dean, 132 p., 4 maps, 1983. Presents hydrologic data emphasizing distinguishing losing and gaining stream reaches and their relationship to groundwater movement.

WR-38. The Hydrogeology of the Bennett Spring Area, Laclede, Dallas, Webster, and Wright Counties, Missouri 60.03 MB by James E. Vandike, 105 p., 44 fig., 26 tbl, 1992. A study to help better understand the hydrology of Bennet Spring, delineate the area providing its recharge, and study the surface-subsurface relationships in the area.

WR-40. Movement of Shallow Groundwater in the Perryville Karst Area, Southeastern Missouri 24.46 MB , by James E. Vandike, 1985, 58 p., 23 figs., 3 tbls., (Previously Miscellaneous Publication Number 44).

WR-43. Hydrogeologic Investigation of the Fulbright Area, Greene County, Missouri 26.35 MB , by James E. Vandike and L. Daniel Sherman, 1994, 114 p., 36 figs., 1 tbl., 1 app.

WR-55. The Hydrology of Maramec Spring 10.58 MB , by James E. Vandike, 1997, 104 p., 33 figs, 8 tbls, 1 app.

WR-68. The Springs of Greene County, Missouri, by Loring Bullard, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Kenneth C. Thomson, Southwest Missouri State University and James E. Vandike, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 120 p, 62 figs., 1 app. The Ozarks contains ones of the highest concentrations of springs in the world, and Greene County, in the southwestern Ozarks, has hundreds that flow all year (perennial). This book tells the history of the earliest white settlers and the springs they settled by in Greene County. Biology, geology and hydrogeology are all included in this report written by three authors about the Greene County springs.

Note icon. To purchase any of the publications above, you may contact the Missouri Water Resources Center at 573-368-2175, or send an email to mowaters@dnr.mo.gov