Roaring River State Park has been recognized as "the best outdoor adventure in southwest Missouri" by "Rural Missouri" magazine.
"It is nice that the readers throughout the state realize what Roaring River has to offer, and that the park continues to be one of the best values for their money," said Dusty Reid, park superintendent. "Roaring River gives families a place to come for free and enjoy spending time with each other."
According to Reid, this is the ninth consecutive year that the park has been recognized by "Rural Missouri." Roaring River has also received best camping spot and best fishing spot honors.
"The variety of awards that the park has received shows that Roaring River has more to offer visitors than just fishing," said Reid. "People enjoy the beauty of the park, and we have a wide variety of recreational activities to offer. We are also centrally located to Joplin, Springfield and northwest Arkansas.
"This award is a pat on the back to all of our maintenance staff, office staff, campground hosts and other staff members," said Reid. "Every day we have between 30 and 50 employees in concessions, the hatchery and the park working together to give people a good experience at Roaring River."
Missouri State Parks recently announced a 6 percent increase in park attendance statewide over the last year. Although Roaring River State Park has not documented a large increase in visitors, attendance remains steady at the park, said Reid.
"Our campgrounds, cabins and hotel are always completely full," said Reid. "Our attendance remains steady, because we really can't get any busier."
In addition to trout fishing, Roaring River State Park offers visitors a lodge-style inn, a restaurant, 26 secluded cabins, 187 campsites, a swimming pool, over 10 miles of hiking trails and the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center, which hosts a variety of educational programs throughout the year.