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Roaring River Inn and Conference Center Takes a Winter Break.

CASSVILLE, Mo., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ --

Delaware North Parks Services, the company responsible for providing food service and lodging operations at Roaring River State Park, has announced it will temporarily close the Roaring River Inn and Conference Center for the winter season, beginning Nov. 1. All guest services will reopen on Friday, Feb. 23.

"Though we do not have programs in place to justify keeping the park open through the winter season, it is our expectation that these programs will be developed in the very near future," said Dana Browne, regional general manager for Delaware North Parks Services (DNPS). "We have made a commitment to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that going forward, Roaring River Inn and Conference Center will be open year round."

Delaware North has provided lodging, visitor and food services at Roaring River State Park since 1996. It was responsible for enhancements including the addition of the Angler's Den, a fly fisherman's dream -- complete with a full line of fly fishing gear and staff to give one-on-one service, as well as a full Orvis dealership. New this summer was a concept to better serve fishermen as portable carts packed full with food and beverages were brought out to the banks for easy access to refreshments. A video game room was added recently to the main lodge for children entertainment.

While the Inn and Conference Center are temporarily closed, DNPS and the Department of Natural Resources has plans to do a variety of refurbishments including renovate cabins, install directional signage on the roadways, and enhance the landscaping around the Inn and Lodge facilities. In addition, DNPS will provide intensive hospitality training for all its employees to better serve future guests at the Roaring River facilities. The current staff at Roaring River will retain their positions and be rehired in February.

"We consider our relationship at Roaring River State Park to be extremely important and valuable to us," said Browne. "DNPS will utilize the temporary shutdown as an opportunity to further enhance the level of service all guests will receive to ensure visitors they'll enjoy their stay to the fullest."

The Feb. 23 reopening will allow plenty of time for the staff at Roaring River to prepare for its busiest day of the year -- March 1, the official start of trout season. Each year, thousands of fishermen flock to the park's stream to try their luck in catching the prized game.

Delaware North Parks Services has earned an exceptional reputation for its work in parks ranging from Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California to Jones Beach State Park in New York and is considered to be a model concessionaire by the National Park Service. It also manages hospitality operations at Deer Creek State Park in Ohio, Grand Canyon, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Asilomar Conference Center in California and Niagara Falls in New York.
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