Troutapalooza arrives at Roaring River
Missouri State Parks is celebrating 2013 as the Year of the Trout with special Troutapalooza activities, and Roaring River State Park is joining in the festivities. Troutapalooza began March 1, when the Year of the Trout was announced at the start of trout season, and will continue till Oct. 31.
A coloring contest is underway and will continue until the end of the month. Coloring pages can be picked up at the Roaring River Restaurant inside the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center.
According to Tim Smith, interpretive resource coordinator at Roaring River, a Trout Park Passport Program is slated to start later this month. Participants in the passport program will receive a stamp after visiting the state's three trout parks, and prizes will be involved.
"We have seen our tag numbers declining, so with the help of the Missouri Department of Conservation, we trying to increase attendance to the parks and trout fishing," Smith said.
Special Troutapalooza events are scheduled the third Saturday of every month. July's event is a basic casting program followed by a casting challenge. A free fishing day will take place in August. In September, the park is planning to host 100 to 150 Cub Scouts.
"We will basically teach them about trout fishing and how to fish," Smith said. "They will tie flies and practice casting as well as learn the rules and regulations of trout fishing."
A stream clean-up is scheduled for October.
Smith said the Year of the Trout's goal is to promote fishing as a family event.
"Get them down here and get them fishing, and it will be something they can enjoy the rest of their lives," Smith said.
Roaring River State Park is joined in the Troutapalooza celebration by Bennett Spring and Montauk State Parks. Each park will be hosting their own events at different times throughout the year.
For more information on Troutapalooza, visit the community page on Facebook. For event times and information on Roaring River's involvement, call the park office at 847-2539 or the Nature Center at 847-3742.