Roaring River Fish Hatchery

fish ponds at Roaring River Hatchery
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.
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Area Hours
  • Sunday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 04:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Directions
From Cassville, take Highway 112 south 7 miles to Roaring River State Park.
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6118 - 3CSR 10-11 - 105 Title; Authority

Chapter
3CSR 10-11
Rule Number
105 Title; Authority
Rules

Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area. The information provided reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code or call the phone number listed for the area in the area details section.

6118 - 3CSR 10-11 - 110 General Provisions

Chapter
3CSR 10-11
Rule Number
110 General Provisions
Rules

Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, water skiing, and fires outside of designated camping areas.

In addition to the rules of the Wildlife Code, federal, state and local laws apply on department lands. The destruction, defacing, or removal of department property is also prohibited.
The use of fireworks is prohibited.
Commercial use and vending are prohibited on department areas.
Soil disturbance and digging, including the digging of roots, is prohibited on all department areas
Waste containers located on department areas may be used only for disposal of garbage, trash, refuse, or rubbish generated on the department area. NOTE: Waste containers are not provided on all department areas.
Guiding for pay is prohibited on department areas.
The placement of grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable natural and manufactured products is prohibited on department areas.
Trail and game cameras are prohibited.
Feral livestock may not be taken (including the hunting of feral hogs) on department areas.
Collecting wild animals (including invertebrates) and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Wildlife Collector's Permit, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.

6118 - 3CSR 10-11 - 115 Closings

Chapter
3CSR 10-11
Rule Number
115 Closings
Rules

Special hours apply on this department area. This area is open to public use only as authorized by posting.

Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles is prohibited on department areas during closed hours.

6118 - 3CSR 10-11 - 130 Vehicles, Bicycles, Horses, and Horseback Riding

Chapter
3CSR 10-11
Rule Number
130 Vehicles, Bicycles, Horses, and Horseback Riding
Rules
Unless otherwise posted, vehicles are only permitted on public roadways (graveled and paved roads) and in established parking areas.
State laws regarding the operation, registration and required equipment apply to the operation of motor vehicles on locations open to vehicular traffic on department areas.
Except as otherwise posted, the speed limit on department areas is 45 miles per hour.

6118 - 3CSR 10-12 - 150 Fishing, Trout Parks

Chapter
3CSR 10-12
Rule Number
150 Fishing, Trout Parks
Rules
Fishing is permitted on this area under statewide regulations, except special restrictions may apply to methods, hours, seasons, and limits when fishing in the Trout Park.
A valid area daily trout fishing tag is required in trout parks, except that fishing is permitted by holders of either a valid signed daily tag or a valid trout permit from the first bridge below the old dam in Zone 3 at Roaring River State Park to the downstream park boundary.
Fishing is permitted only on designated waters during posted hours in Trout Parks.
No person shall continue to fish for any species of fish in the Trout Park after having 4 trout in possession.
On a designated portion of the Trout Park, only catch and release trout fishing is permitted. All fish must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught and fish may not be possessed in this catch and release area.
During the catch and release season, fishing at Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State park, and Roaring River State park is permitted only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during designated hours.
All fish must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught during the Catch and Release Season in trout parks.
In trout parks, the following methods restrictions apply: only pole and line methods may be used and no more than one pole and line may be used by any person at any time. Gigging, snaring, snagging, and the taking of live bait are prohibited. Flies, artificial lures, unscented soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits may be used, except in waters posted as restricted to specific baits or lures. In locations designated as catch and release areas and in all waters open to fishing during the catch and release season, only flies may be used. The use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.
The following methods regulations apply in streams outside the boundary of the Trout Park: no more than three (3) unlabeled poles may be used; trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines and jug lines may be used but no more than 33 hooks may be used at any time; hooks on trotlines must be staged 2 feet apart; hooks and lines must be attended every 24 hours or removed. Unanchored jug lines must be personally attended at all times. Gig, bow, atlatl, snagging, snaring or grabbing may be used to take fish that are not game fish or endangered species in streams during the statewide seasons.
All fish that are not released unharmed immediately after being caught are included in an angler's daily limit. Anglers may not possess more than the daily limit of any species of fish on the waters or banks of any body of water where the limit applies.
Anglers may not possess any fish that is less than the specified minimum length limit on the waters, banks or area where the length limit applies.
The use of shoes, boots, or waders with porous soles incorporating or having felt, matted, or woven fibrous materials is prohibited.

6118 - 3CSR 10-11 - 120 Pets and Hunting Dogs

Chapter
3CSR 10-11
Rule Number
120 Pets and Hunting Dogs
Rules
Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all time. Hunting dogs may be used off the leash and unconfined for hunting and training for the purposes of chasing, locating, tracking or retrieving game on portions of conservation areas designated as open to hunting and dog training. Locations and times where pets and hunting dogs are permitted may be further restricted by area brochures or signs. A valid small game hunting permit is required to train dogs in pursuit of wildlife.

6118 - 3CSR 10-12 - 150 Fishing, Trout Parks

Chapter
3CSR 10-12
Rule Number
150 Fishing, Trout Parks
Rules
Fishing is permitted on this area under statewide regulations, except special restrictions may apply to methods, hours, seasons, and limits when fishing in the Trout Park.
A valid area daily trout fishing tag is required in trout parks, except that fishing is permitted by holders of either a valid signed daily tag or a valid trout permit from the first bridge below the old dam in Zone 3 at Roaring River State Park to the downstream park boundary.
Fishing is permitted only on designated waters during posted hours in Trout Parks.
No person shall continue to fish for any species of fish in the Trout Park after having 4 trout in possession.
On a designated portion of the Trout Park, only catch and release trout fishing is permitted. All fish must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught and fish may not be possessed in this catch and release area.
During the catch and release season, fishing at Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State park, and Roaring River State park is permitted only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during designated hours.
All fish must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught during the Catch and Release Season in trout parks.
In trout parks, the following methods restrictions apply: only pole and line methods may be used and no more than one pole and line may be used by any person at any time. Gigging, snaring, snagging, and the taking of live bait are prohibited. Flies, artificial lures, unscented soft plastic baits and natural and scented baits may be used, except in waters posted as restricted to specific baits or lures. In locations designated as catch and release areas and in all waters open to fishing during the catch and release season, only flies may be used. The use of any foods to attract fish, except when placed on a hook, is prohibited.
The following methods regulations apply in streams outside the boundary of the Trout Park: no more than three (3) unlabeled poles may be used; trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bank lines and jug lines may be used but no more than 33 hooks may be used at any time; hooks on trotlines must be staged 2 feet apart; hooks and lines must be attended every 24 hours or removed. Unanchored jug lines must be personally attended at all times. Gig, bow, atlatl, snagging, snaring or grabbing may be used to take fish that are not game fish or endangered species in streams during the statewide seasons.
All fish that are not released unharmed immediately after being caught are included in an angler's daily limit. Anglers may not possess more than the daily limit of any species of fish on the waters or banks of any body of water where the limit applies.
Anglers may not possess any fish that is less than the specified minimum length limit on the waters, banks or area where the length limit applies.
The use of shoes, boots, or waders with porous soles incorporating or having felt, matted, or woven fibrous materials is prohibited.

6118 - 3CSR 10-11 - 187 Trapping

Chapter
3CSR 10-11
Rule Number
187 Trapping
Rules
Trapping in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Wildlife Code is allowed only with a special use permit. To inquire about the availability of a special use permit for trapping on this department area, contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the area details section.
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