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Roaring River State Park

Nestled deep in an Ozark valley and beside Roaring River Spring can be found one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the state. First constructed in 1910, the Civilian Conservation Corps later rebuilt it during the 1930's. The hatchery produces and stocks more than 250,000 rainbow trout each year and most end up right here in the 1.6 miles of trout stream that lie within the boundaries of Roaring River State Park. Each year, more than 100,000 people come here to fish the crystal clear water. But there is much more to see and do at Roaring River. After a trip to the trout stream, take a hatchery tour, feed the fish, or sit in on a nature presentation. And during the summer, local musicians put on a free bluegrass show every Friday night at the amphitheater.

Fishing Regulations

Trout fishing is permitted in accordance with the state wildlife code and posted restrictions daily from March 1 through Oct. 31, and during the winter catch-and-release season from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only.

  1. Each angler shall display a daily trout tag purchased on the area and bearing his or her signature.
  2. Each angler shall have a state fishing permit except those 15 years and younger or Missouri residents 65 years and older.
  3. Each angler shall keep their trout separate at all times and identified with their name and address.
  4. Daily limit is four, all brown trout must be equal to or greater than 15�. There is no length limit on rainbow trout. Possession limit is 8 trout.
  5. Only a single pole or rod may be used. Gigging, snaring or snagging is not permitted.
  6. No person shall continue to fish for any species in these trout waters after having four trout in possession.
  7. The use of game fish or parts thereof for bait is prohibited; chumming is not permitted.

Anglers need a fishing permit, unless exempt, as well as a daily trout tag. The daily trout tag is $3 for adults and $2 for those 15 and younger.

Fishing Hours

March6:30*  7:30**6:00*  7:00**

* - Central Standard Time
** - Daily Light Saving Time

Grass cutting is scheduled for April 3-4, May 14-1`5, June 25-26, Aug 6-7, and September 17-18.

Roaring River Fishing Zones


Zone 1 From the hatchery to the posted sign at the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek, only artificial lures, soft plastic baits and flies are permitted. An artificial lure is defined as a manufactured lure. Soft plastic lures include synthetic eggs, worms or grubs. Flies are a lure constructed on a single point hook of feathers, tinsel, chenille, yarn, fur, silk, rayon or nylon thread or floss, with or without a spinner. No putty-dough baits, other natural baits or foods may be used in this area.
Zone 2 From the posted sign at the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek to the old dam in the lower end of Campground 3, only flies are permitted. In the area of Zone 2 designated as catch-and-release only (from the posted sign at the mouth of Dry Hollow Creek to the posted sign below the bridge on Hwy. F) trout may not be possessed and must be returned to the water unharmed immediately. This portion of Zone 2 is designated as a multiple-use area with wading and swimming allowed.
Zone 3 From the old dam to the park boundary, artificial lures, soft plastic baits, flies and natural or scented baits may be used. Natural and scented baits include live bait or any other substance designed to attract fish by taste or smell including dough, putty or paste-type baits.


Emory Melton Inn -

Experience the finest in casual dining and take in a breathtaking view of the park at the Roaring River Restaurant, located inside the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center. The restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious entrees in a rustic atmosphere. Full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered. In addition to restaurant service, they provide specialty catering for events such as weddings, parties, banquets and family reunions.

Emory Melton Inn -

Stay in Emory Melton Inn, a stunning facility consisting of large, elegant, yet comfortable rooms and suites. The rooms are decorated with rustic flair and a few feature a spectacular private balcony view of the river valley below. Rooms are available March through October. Reservations are required. The park also offers rustic cabins, duplex and fourplex units.

Swimming Pool -

Cool off in the park's swimming pool, located across from the park office. It is open to park visitors for a nominal fee daily from Memorial Day weekend to mid-August and on weekends from mid-August to Labor Day. For hours and more information, please call 417-847-2330 or visit the concessionaire's website.

Interpretive Programs -

You can attend regularly scheduled nature programs every day during the summer season and weekends during spring and fall seasons. Morning and evening programs include slide shows and movies, nature hikes and much more. Contact the park naturalist at 417-847-3742 for information regarding interpretive programs.

Camping In The Park

Roaring River State Park offers basic, electric and sewer/electric/water campsites. On-season (Feb. 25 through Oct. 31) services include reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry.

  1. Campground 1 - is open year-round. Reservations can be made for stays during the on-season. A few campsites also are reservable for stays during the off-season.
  2. Campground 2 - and Campground 3 - are open and reservable during the on-season.

Current nightly camping fees can be found through the Fees and Seasons link to the right; nightly camping fees effective May 1, 2013, can be found by clicking here

Reservations can be made by phone - 877-422-6766 from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. CT seven days a week. For online reservations chick site.


Other Points of Interest

For a overview of roaring River State Park and the Roaring River area click on the picture of the park sign.
Guide to Missouri State Parks - Roaring River State Park