Name: Roubidoux Spring
Location: Pulaski County,
Million gallons per day: 37
Cubic feet per second: 57
Recharge Area:Dry upper reaches of Roubidoux Creek, which
stretches 14 miles before it becomes a year round stream one mile above the
Interesting Information:Roubidoux Spring rises in the
Waynesville, Missouri city park, at the base of a high bluff. The spring once
emerged from a cave opening, but it is now permanently backflooded by a dam
built to keep it out of Roubidoux Creek. A large, new retaining wall above the
spring helps to maintain the gravel road above from the spring at high flow--the
spring and creek have washed the road away more than once. In flood, Roubidoux
Spring can reach 200 cfs in flow.
Brief History:A succession of private owners until purchased by
the city of Waynesville in the last twenty five years. Well known picnic and
fishing spot for locals. 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. Several dive fatalities have occurred at the
Ownership and Access:Owned by the City of Waynesville, Missouri.
Picnicking, fishing, allowed; diving allowed by PERMIT ONLY. No charge for entry
to view the spring.