Picnic Areas/Shelters

at Roaring River State Park

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Bring the family for a day of outdoor fun. There are more than 50 picnic sites scattered throughout the park and a children’s playground facility located in the main picnic area. Picnic sites include tables and outdoor grills. Restrooms are nearby.

Picnic Shelters

Two covered picnic shelters also can be reserved for large family gatherings or special outings. River Shelter, which is accessible to people with disabilities, can accommodate up to 60 guests, and CCC Shelter can accommodate up to 60 guests. Both shelters include outdoor grills, picnic tables, electrical outlets and restroom facilities and rent for $50 per day. There is water available within walking distance of the shelters.

Shelter Reservations

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

*Shelters can be reserved online from 30 days to 12 months in advance of the day of use. Reservations for arrival dates less than 30 days out can be made only by contacting the park.


Playground equipment is available in the day-use area and by the CCC Lodge.