The First Hole program offers groups of children, veterans, nursing home residents, and special needs groups a safe place to fish.
We provide poles, lines, bait and nets. Your group can work on casting, line tying, baiting, and safe fish handling. Each member of the group can keep the fish they catch (limit 4).
Permits and trout tags are waived for the group.
Contact the Roaring River hatchery office at 417-847-2430.
The First Hole is only available for reservations until noon.
Supervised groups of 10 or more:
Helpers, parents, and volunteers are not included in the group total and may not posess fish while fishing at First Hole.
It's the first of 33 fishing holes that comprise Roaring River State Parks’ trout fishing area. This area has land on three sides, making it a safe place for fishing instruction. The area also has an accessible fishing pier and a picnic area.