Roaring River


Posted by Phil Lilley on September 6th, 2011
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Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville, Missouri, on Highway 112.

This state park covers 3,358 acres and includes a nature center, new lodge, swimming pool, cabins, motel, campground, restaurant, a well-developed system of hiking trails, and more. The park was donated to the state of Missouri in 1928 by Dr. Thomas M. Sayman.  There’s so much history at Roaring River from the spring to the lodge that it’s a must-see.

Roaring River Spring emerges from the base of a shady limestone bluff and produces an average of 20.4 million gallons of water each day, making it the 20th largest in Missouri. The two-and-one-half-mile spring branch is separated into three fishing zones. No wading is permitted, except in the catch-and-release area in Zone 2.

The hatchery is at the head of Roaring River, adjacent to scenic Roaring River Spring. About 270,000 12-inch rainbows are stocked annually, along with a few thousand 10- to 11-inch brown trout and a handful of three – to five-pound lunker rainbows each season. Amazingly enough, anglers catch several hundred lunker trout topping three pounds from the stream each year.

During no-creel fishing in the winter, anglers can experience catch after catch of larger trout. At times anglers and visitors can see eagles flying over the stream or perching in nearby trees. The no-creel season lasts from the second Friday in November to the second Sunday in February.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, guided tours of the hatchery facility begin at 2 p.m. daily. Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, guided tours are available for groups at their request.

Camping accommodations are outstanding with 187 sites and 26 rustic cabins. The new Roaring River Inn and Conference Center offers fine dining and great rooms.

Kid’s Day is a special time at Roaring River. Hatchery, park staff, and the community all come together to make the day one that families will remember a long time. The first five holes are reserved just for youth 15 years of age and younger on these special days.

Fishing Hours in Missouri Trout Parks

March 6:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
April 7:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
May 6:30 a.m. 8:15 p.m.
June 6:30 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
July 7:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.
August 7:30 a.m. 7:15 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 11 and ends November 4, 2012

Catch & Release Winter Season

  • Winter catch-and-release season is from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February.  The park is then open only on  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday each week.
  • All anglers must possess a trout permit during the winter catch-and-release season.
  • The area open for winter fishing is from the hatchery to the bridge below the old dam in the lower campground.
  • Only flies are permitted during winter catch-and-release season.  A fly is defined as an artificial lure constructed on a single point hook, using any material except soft plastic and natural and scented bait that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached.
  • Fishing hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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For Roaring River reservations and information, call (417) 847-2330 or 1-800-334-6946.

Old Vintage Pictures of Roaring River State Park

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