Roaring River State Park now offers free Wi-Fi services at the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center and all three campgrounds.
"We hope that by giving our guests the option to 'stay connected' customers will camp more often and extend their stays," said Dusty Reid, park superintendent. "Whether it is staying in touch with family while they are traveling, keeping abreast of weather issues and forecasts or posting pictures of the big fish they just caught, we feel there is an added level of comfort being provided to our customers while enjoying their Missouri State Parks."
In preparation for the roll out of Wi-Fi services, park staff members were responsible for placing a few, very discreet antennae throughout the campgrounds. Preparations were completed in February before the 2012 catch-and-keep season began.
"Visitors have commented on how easy the service is to use, and they seem to really appreciate the new service we are providing," said Reid.
In addition to Roaring River, 10 other Missouri State Park campgrounds are now offering free wireless internet access to guests and visitors. The service will be added at more campgrounds across the state throughout the summer.
"State parks are great places to get away from a hectic schedule but our campers also requested the ability to stay connected," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "We listened to our customers and are adding complimentary Wi-Fi to the many services we already provide in our state park campgrounds."
Other state park campgrounds now offering free Wi-Fi include: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon; Montauk State Park near Salem; Table Rock State Park near Branson; Meramec State Park near Sullivan; Sam A. Baker State Park near Patterson; Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood; Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park near Middlebrook; Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg; Long Branch State Park near Macon; and Finger Lakes State Park near Columbia.
Signs are posted in campgrounds to indicate where internet access is available. Most parks have full coverage in campgrounds, but some have designated hotspots with coverage.
According to a press release issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, visitors indicated a desire to stay connected while camping in a survey conducted in 2010. Survey participants stated that internet availability would lead to camping more often and extend their stay.
For more information on Wi-Fi services and other campground amenities, visit mostateparks.com.