Spout Springs  4.5/5 (2)

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A small rural spring…


  1. For those that can’t find the spring, it’s located on the south side of the road about 1/3 mile west of the 37 Hwy and Gum Road (also state highway E and F and Fairview Road) intersection.

    It’s not really hidden, but if you’re driving the speed limit you’ll drive right by it and have to turn back around.

    It’s privately owned, but people fill up bottles there regularly since it’s got a spot to pull off and always running.

    1. Hey, make sure you filter this one. I just tested it yesterday and my test strip came back safe, but my body said otherwise! It’s great filtered though.

  2. Thanks to Gabe Royer’s directions, I good the spring and filled up today! GPS is no help as service cuts out in that area. It’s very easy to miss so watch carefully. There’s a gravel driveway right next to it that is easier to spot than the spring itself. If you get to FF Hwy, you’ve gone too far east. The spring is cold and clear. I was grateful I keep muck boots in my vehicle as it rained recently and the whole area was mud and water.

  3. I attempted to find this spring with no success. Either the coordinates are off or this is on private property along the road somewhere. I think many of us would appreciate it if the original poster would add more details about how to find it and if it’s even accessible.

  4. Has anyone had this water tested and are people still free to get water here? Also, how far off the road is it? Is there an easy-to-see trail?

  5. Hi, I was wondering if you all sold your Spring Water? I am looking for real authentic Spring Water, but there aren’t any around me. So I am willing to buy fresh water from your Spring if you all sell it. Please email me. Thank you

    1. Hi Kristine, I’m a spring water kind of guy, myself. I will be relocating to Springfield, MO within the near future and would like to secure some local spring water sources. Have you found any plausible spring sources since you originally made this post? I, too, would also be willing to purchase spring water.

      No, I don’t trust store bought, pre-bottled spring water, as it always contaminated with BBP residuals from the plastic jugs in which it is contained, and etc. Furthermore, I am adamantly opposed to using reverse osmosis because such methods fails to eliminate all of the fluoride from the filtered water. So called purified water never renders a healthy PH and is ALWAYS contaminated with fluoride!

      Have you discovered any local spring or well sources through which I could bottle my own water? I would be willing to pay for this service.

How to Collect Spring Water

Drinking pure spring water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Our bodies are over 99% water at the molecular level, so water affects every aspect of our biology. Yet, not all water is created equal. Almost all the bottled spring water available is pasteurized for shelf stability, which neutralizes many of the powerful health benefits such as increased hydrogen, healthy probiotics, and crystalline structure. For more about why unprocessed spring water is the best water to drink, read this.

The best way to guarantee you are getting real unprocessed spring water is to collect it yourself. This is a short and simple guide filled with information about how to gather spring water. We will cover how to find a spring, how to collect the water, how to honor the spring, how to store the water properly and other tips.

FindASpring.org is the best resource for locating a spring near you. However, not all springs are on the map. First, check the map to see if there is a spring in your local area. If there is, look at the reviews and comments. Has anyone shared helpful information about flow rate or posted a water test result? Is the spring in a pristine area? Do a bit of research and make sure the spring is safe to drink from. If you have any doubt about the purity, don’t risk it and get a water test, HERE. If you don’t see a spring on the map in your area, there still might be some that aren’t listed yet. First, ask the older generation who have lived in your area a long time if they know. You can also ask people in your community who might already get spring water such as people at a health food store or at a farmers market. Another great option is to view A US forest service map, where many springs have been marked. You can view these maps through the Gaia GPS or All Trails hiking apps on your phone. The map overlay you want is USGS Topo. Not all are easily accessible or ideal for drinking, but some are and it can be a fun adventure to find them. We have found over half a dozen great springs this way.

Once you’ve found your spring, figure out how you are going to gather the water. Is it right on the side of the road and easy to access or do you have to hike to it? We recommend storing spring water in glass instead of plastic to preserve the purity of the water. It is better for the environment, your body, and the water. Even BPA free plastic has toxic chemicals that can leach into water and cause health issues. If you do want to use plastic for safety reasons when filling at the spring, we recommend transferring the water to glass as soon as possible. FindASpring is sponsored by Alive Waters, which offers beautiful reusable glass. They have a 2.5 gallon option, which is a convenient size for carrying that isn’t too heavy. They also sell handles that you can use to transport the jugs even more easily. If you have to hike to access the spring, we recommend putting the water jugs into an extra large backpack to hike the water out with ease. We use Osprey packs that hold 2 jugs each. You can also use a wheelbarrow or even a stroller depending on how easy a walk it is.

Filling 2.5 Gallon Alive Waters Jug

When you get to the spring, remember to first give back before you take. Springs are considered sacred in indigenous cultures around the world for their life giving water and also as a connection to the inner earth. A powerful and simple way to give back is to clean up. Is there any trash that needs to be collected? Could you move any dead leaves or sticks to improve the flow rate? Show up in service. Some other wonderful ways to give is with a moment of expressing verbal gratitude, singing songs to the water, offering the water an ethically sourced crystal, a feather, or some other physical gift. Flowers are a popular and beautiful thing to offer, but please be careful to source organic ones as most flowers from the store are sprayed with pesticides and can be toxic to put near a spring. Also, flowers can attract bugs as they decay, so it can be best to offer them to the flowing water directly or a little downstream from the spring head.

When gathering the water, fill the jug as close to the spring head as possible, never gather downstream. Be very careful as wet glass is extremely slippery. Make sure the lid is securely fastened. When transporting the spring water home, the jugs can sometimes slide around the car. Secure them in place or wrap them with towels or something so they don’t crash into each other.

How you store your spring water is essential. It is not pasteurized like spring water from the store, so it will start growing algae if left in direct sunlight. This is good because it means it’s alive! If the water you drink can’t even support the most basic life forms, how do you think it will support your body? Store your water in a cool, dark place such as a dark corner, pantry or closet. The fridge is ideal if you have room. Some people prefer to filter their water through a Berkey filter before drinking, but if the spring is pure, it’s not necessary. We drink our spring water completely unfiltered.

How long the water stays good for depends on how cold a temperature it’s stored at. Spring water is best fresh. We personally do not prefer to drink spring water past 2 weeks old. However, we know other people that will drink it at a month old. It’s great to get in a rhythm where you know how long the water lasts you and put your collection day on the calendar in advance.

I believe that water is calling us to reconnect with her in the deepest way, to gather our own water. Just like our ancestors did. Our ancestors didn’t have fancy water machines. They also didn’t create villages or settle where there was no water. Water was revered as the center of the community and the nodal point around which life could spiral out and take root.

Here’s to restoring the sacred connection with the waters of life.

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