Missouri, Arkansas State Parks Will Open Gradually

Missouri, Arkansas State Parks Will Open Gradually

Missouri and Arkansas state parks have resumed limited operations, but both states are returning to full operations gradually. Some of the most popular park activities are not included so far.

That includes camping at Roaring River State Park in Southwest Missouri and Devil’s Den State Park in Northwest Arkansas.

While trout fishing is still allowed in Missouri trout parks, including Roaring River, Bennett Spring, and Montauk, the state has not been stocking those streams because there was no place to sell trout tags after the closing of stores in those parks. Stocking will resume when the stores reopen. That is tentatively set for Friday, May 15, at Roaring River.

“One of the things we are really wanting people to do is get out and get active,” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday, as he and Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, held a news conference laying out a plan to resume full operations.

Concession-operated lodging, dining, marina, and retail operations will reopen at the discretion of the concessionaires in each park.

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