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River Shelter

at Roaring River State Park

To reserve this shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 417-847-2539. If not reserved, the shelter is available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open picnic shelter with a tree-covered hill in the background

Shelter Amenities
  • Nine picnic tables
  • Electricity
  • Restroom nearby in picnic area
  • Water nearby in picnic area
  • Length x width: 22' x 24'
  • Maximum occupancy: 75
  • Distance to playground: 200 yards

For more information about the park's picnic areas, click here.

Open picnic shelter, trashcans, bathroom and playground

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds:

Sunrise to 10 p.m.

Nov. 1 through Feb. 24
Sunrise to sunset

Nature Center hours

  • March 1 through the Tuesday before Memorial Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Wednesday before Memorial Day through the Sunday after Labor Day
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Monday after Labor Day through Oct. 31
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday

Park Office hours

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round

Camp Fee Office:

Feb. 25 through Oct. 31 (on-season)

  • 8 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday
  • 8 a.m. to noon and 2-8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday

Nov. 1 through Feb. 24 (off-season)

  • Closed