Roaring River Fish Hatchery

Driving Directions

From Cassville, take Highway 112 south 7 miles to Roaring River State Park.


The hatchery grounds are located at the source of Roaring River. A 7.5-mile stretch of Roaring River and associated park lands are managed cooperatively with Missouri Department of Natural Resources to provide a trout fishery.

Natural features include Roaring River Spring and Devil's Icebox Spring, which falls from a bluff-top crevice.

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.

There is a viewing deck (Deer Leap Overlook) of the hatchery located on Department of Natural Resource lands.

About This Area

Roaring River Hatchery, constructed in 1910, is one of the oldest trout hatcheries in the state. Operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the hatchery is located in Roaring River State Park, seven miles south of Cassville, on Highway 112.

The hatchery is at the head of Roaring River, adjacent to scenic Roaring River Spring. The spring, Missouri's 20th largest, produces an average of 20.4 million gallons of water per day.

The hatchery includes 40 raceways (trout rearing units), a building where eggs are incubated and a large display pool stocked with lunker trout. Signs at various locations on the area provide information to visitors.

General Information





(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Allowed on hatchery area and Roaring River State Park. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Individual Campsites  Camping is prohibited at the hatchery. However, campsites are available at Roaring River State Park (417-847-2539). 
Exhibits/Displays  There are eight wayside sign exhibits on the hatchery grounds. 
Fishing - Trout Good population. Stocked daily March - October. Catch and release November - February. 
Highlighted Activities  Numerous eagles are present around the hatchery in the winter. Roaring River State Park hosts two Eagle Days in the park each winter. 
Other  Roaring River State Park provides camping, cabins, trails, a nature center, restaurant, store, restrooms, picnic tables, playground, etc. within the state park. Call 417-847-2539 for more information.  
Tours  Hatchery tours are given at 2:00 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in May and September. Appointments for tours are accepted during other months of the year. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Fish Hatchery   Most of hatchery area is accessible. 
Fishing Jetty/Platformaccessible  Five units in Zone 1 and one unit in Zone 2 of the daily tag area in the park. 
Parking Lotaccessible  Does not include 10 lots in the State Park. 
Privy/Restroom   Does not include 10 units in the State Park, one of which is disabled accessible. 
Staffed Office   Does not include DNR offices at the Park Office and the Nature Center. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Roaring River Cove Hardwoods 120.00 acres For more information see natural areas.  
Spring Devils Ice Box Spring 100.00 # gallons per day Devils Ice Box Spring - 100-500 gallons/day  
Spring Roaring River  20400000.00 # gallons per day Roaring River Spring - 20.4 million gallons/day  
Stream - Permanent Roaring River 7.00 miles Trout fishing is available in Roaring River adjacent to hatchery. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Total Area Acres:0.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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