Montauk Springs – Joy, Missouri - Atlas Obscura

Montauk Springs

Joy, Missouri

Around 50 million gallons of water flow from this spring every day.  


Montauk Springs is actually two sets of springs. One set pumps into the fish hatchery and the other set bubbles up along the sand bar of Pigeon Creek. These springs form the headwaters of the Current River.

The shallow depth of the springs makes for a gorgeous sight. Multiple sand boils are visible from the Pigeon Creek banks. High-pressure spring water shoots out of small caverns, literally pushing sand out of the way, creating the illusion of “boiling” sand. The effect is best viewed in winter.

The spring was named after a section of Long Island. Settlers from the area came to Missouri. They built mills to harness the power of the springs. The last constructed mill from 1896 is still near the springs. The area surrounding the springs was made into a Missouri State Park in 1926.

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