Fish cleaning station in place at Roaring River State Park

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Staff build the wooden frame over the new fish cleaning station at Roaring River State Park. A ribbon-cutting for the new facility is set for June 4. Contributed photo

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 11 a.m. on June 4

Missouri State Parks and Roaring River State Park celebrate the grand opening of the new fish cleaning station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on June 4 in the lower end of Campground 3, south of Camp Smokey.

The new fish cleaning station is a state-of-art grinder station, with multiple cutting tables, including an ADA compliant cutting table, two start/stop control stations, four 60-inch side mount spray hoses and four convenient electrical outlets. This new fish cleaning station will improve efficiency while disposing fish remains in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Workers install the new fish cleaning station at Roaring River State Park, a grinding station that ends the need for barrels to catch fish guts. Contributed photo

“This project is a great example of several different entities working with the public to develop a beneficial solution for park guests and park staff,” said Justin Adams, Missouri State Parks deputy regional director. “We are extremely proud of the effort that all groups put into this project, but especially with all of the donations that helped us make this project a reality. We believe that this new fish cleaning station will be able to serve the public for many years.”

This project was made possible thanks to the generous donations from the public, the Cassville Chamber of Commerce and Ozark Community Foundation and the Union Sportsman’s Alliance, who provided labor for the construction of the shelter. The remaining costs were shared by Missouri State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

If anyone has questions about the event or the project, they may contact Joel Topham, park superintendent, at 417-847-2539. Roaring River State Park is located at 12716 Farm Road 2239 outside Cassville.

Roaring River staff pose for a photo with the completed fish cleaning station. A ribbing-cutting is set for June 4. Contributed photo

For more information on state parks and historic sites, people may visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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