The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working to improve services at Roaring River State Park by completing a new water line construction project this summer.
"Our goal is to have the primary project completed prior to Memorial Day weekend so we can provide a quality experience to all our visitors throughout the busy season," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri DNR.
The project, which calls for the installation of new water lines, spigots and valves throughout the park, is scheduled to begin in April.
During construction, there may be some minor disruptions of service, primarily in the park's three campgrounds. As the project is completed, some camping areas may be temporarily without water while other areas are fully operational.
In anticipation of possible disruptions in service, campsite reservations will no longer be accepted for April 16 through May 23. Although Roaring River will honor campground reservations that have already been planned, guests may be asked to choose an alternate, but comparable campsite.
"Our top priority is your satisfaction when you visit Roaring River State Park," said Bryan. "We recognize this project may cause some guests to camp in a different campsite than they had reserved.
"Please accept my apology for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family," said Bryan. "And remember that you are always welcome in Missouri state parks."
The water line improvement project could also cause minor disruptions of service for cabin guests. Park officials are working to ensure disruptions are kept to the minimum. Installation of new valves and spigots will be scheduled for times when cabins are not occupied.
The project will not impact the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center or the park store.