Posted in the CCC Lodge and all around the park you can find a poster that lists all sorts of different activities and informational presentations you can attend.
While on vacation, the family and I attended a cave hike, a presentation on bears of Missouri and one about the snakes of Missouri.
Great things to do besides fishing!
As is common to all of the Ozark Mountains, the park offers a wide variety of wildflowers and plant life to view. We found this particular flower in abundance alongside the highways in the area. I have misplaced the name of this beautiful flower. Can anybody help me?
From the fish hatchery, it is a very short walk by paved path to the spring where the river begins. It can be a little damp, so watch your step.
On the opening day of trout season (March 1 methinks), anglers are packed shoulder to shoulder at this and other Missouri parks. However, by mid-June, there is actually some room to maneuver around. Trails and even mini-docks such as that shown here provide easy access to the river (including those in wheelchairs.
Equipment: Bring your own.
Growing up, I thought all fathers taught their sons to fish. That wasn't necessarily true, nor is it only fathers and sons. In this photo, you can see a mother and daughter attempting to lure a big rainbow trout. In places such as Roaring River State Park, the elderly and infirm have access to the fishing spots, as well.
My first trip to Roaring River State Park was great. There is a fantastic lodge directly across from the hatchery within walking distance of great fly fishing. The hatchery releases many trout into the public pools which can make for a fantastic day of fishing (provided you get up early). The water is pristine and the hiking was great also. There are many trails around the hatchery to get lost in.
Fondest memory: This is a great destination for trout fishing in the midwest without traveling too far. Hiking and fishing were the only two activites I did why I was there but I think options will be limited. Fishing seems to be the primary activity at least around the hatchery. There are fly shops locally and I recommend you talk to them to see what lures you should use.