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Roubidoux Creek & Spring

This river flows up through the south central part of the county and empties into the Gasconade River several miles north of Waynesville near Hwy 17. The creek was named after French trapper Joseph Roubidoux.
Home to the Roubidoux Fly Fishers Association The Red Ribbon Trout area runs from the elevated utility cable crossing approximately 1/2 mile below the Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville to the Gasconade River; daily limit 2, length limit at least 15". Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. The White Ribbon Trout area is Upstream of the elevated utility cable crossing approximately 1/2 mile below Business I-44 bridge in Waynesville; Daily limit 4, Rainbow Trout - no length limit, Brown Trout - minimum length of 15", all lures allowed. Once you have caught your limit, check out our area restaurants that will prepare and serve your catch of the day, enjoy a glass of Missouri wine and relax!!

Public Access along the Roubidoux River

You are welcome to fish and put boats in at these locations. Please do not use other accesses which are on private property.

Access Name Location
Laughlin/Roubidoux Access Hwy 17/Historic Rt 66 E, at Laughlin Park, Waynesville
Roubidoux River Access Hwy 17 south of the steel bridge - 1 mile north of Waynesville
Release Dates:  Rainbow Trout February through October

Visit Fly Rod & Reel Magazine Online and read about the Trout Bum Tournament held each spring. The Ozark Graylings threw a line in at the Roubidoux.

Camping along the Roubidoux:

Roubidoux Springs Campground & RV Park
Historic Route 66 West - Waynesville, MO 65583
Phone:  573-774-6171

Roubidoux Spring

Roubidoux Spring Dive - Photo by Michelle MallardAnother feature unique to Pulaski County is the Roubidoux Spring nestled below the bluff in Laughlin Park, Waynesville, Missouri. Located below the spring is a cave and is a popular site for cave diving. The average flow is 37 million gallons per day. Laughlin Park at the Roubidoux Spring is a certified site on the National Park Service National Historic Trail as an encampment on the Trail of Tears and features an interpretive memorial tour. 
Roubidoux Spring is one of the few places in the state where scuba spring diving is routinely allowed to QUALIFIED and certified cavern or cave divers. ALL DIVERS must register at the Waynesville Police Department for permission before entering the spring.

The spring is located in the Laughlin Park, owned by the City of Waynesville, Missouri. Picnic tables are available. Fishing is allowed. enjoy a 1 mile walk along the Roubidoux River on the Waynesville Walking Trail. Diving in the underwater cave is allowed by PERMIT ONLY. No charge for entry to view the spring.

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