The Dates
The dates for the convention will June 8-13, 2017. A full itinerary appears below.


Go to our registration page here to reserve your spot!

The Venue
The venue for the 2017 NANFA Convention will be Meramec State Park, https://mostateparks.com/park/meramec-state-park located near Sullivan, Missouri. All the facilities we will need to hold the convention are located within the park (convention center, hotel, cabins, camp sites, stores, and most importantly, access to the Meramec River!).


The hotel has 22 rooms. Twenty of the rooms can hold 4 people and two rooms can hold 8. Thus there will be plenty of space for all expected participants. Prices range from $70 to $100 per night. The hotel (all rooms) has been placed on hold until April 15. The cabins could not be held, so if anyone wants a cabin you will have to reserve it sooner rather than later. Online registration for hotel rooms starts on Jan 1, 2017. After April 15, 2017 all cabins, camp sites, and, especially, the hotel rooms (for our Convention dates) will be available to anyone reserving on-line.

To reserve a hotel room at this time, go to the reservation page or contact Bob Hrabik (Robert.Hrabik@mdc.mo.gov). If you have questions about room or cabin specifics, call 573.468.6519. Do that before April 15 (preferably much earlier) to ensure you get the cabin you want. You may have to leave a message as the concessionaire is available intermittently.

For those of you looking for other accomodations, there are several hotels located along Interstate Highway 44.

The Itinerary

June 8 (Thursday) Travel day and check-in (registration desk will open at 2 pm and close at 10 pm)
For those who arrive early, a reception room will be available in the Conference Center and a guest speaker will entertain folks about some aspect of Missouri folklore (7 pm program)

June 9 (Friday) Morning travel and check-in (registration desk will open at 9 am and close at noon)
Afternoon field trip to the Missouri River at Pelican Island Natural Area (access by boat only). Buses will be provided. There will be trawling trips and ample space to collect fishes from a magnificent and expansive gravel bar. Evening cookout on-site.

June 10 (Saturday) Convention meeting and presentations begins at 9 am
Evening banquet and fundraiser goes to 10 pm

June 11 (Sunday) Collecting trips
Three trip options: canoe float and two other collecting trips. The collecting trips for the Convention (including the Missouri River trip on the 9th) has been schemed to cover Big Rivers, the non-wadeable (or medium-sized rivers), and smaller streams to give the convention attendees exposure to as many habitat types and fish species as possible.

  • Trip 1: LaBarque Creek: highest fish species diversity in the Meramec River basin for a stream of this size (over 40 species), Labarque Creek and Labarque Conservation Area
  • Trip 2: Canoe float (to be determined, either Big River or Meramec River)
  • Trip 3: Still deciding, so many good options

June 12 (Monday) Collecting trips
The same three-trip options so folks can decide which other trip they want to take (we may ask up front what trips are of most interest and then assign days to attend).

June 13 (Tuesday) Hrabik personally-guided trip to wherever in Missouri die-hards may want to go. This will have to be a democratic process and be a reasonable drive.



  • No special permits nor will anyone be required to purchase a Missouri fishing license so long as the collectors (dip nets, seines, snorkeling, etc.) are part of the Convention and not off doing their own thing. HOWEVER, microfishers (using pole-and-line) must purchase a Missouri fishing license.
  • Fish may be brought into the state from other states for auction, and Missouri fishes may also be auctioned and transported across state lines only under the auspices of the NANFA Convention (between the dates of 8 and 13 June). Before and after that period, it will be illegal to transport fish into or take native fish from Missouri.

For additional information, if you would like to volunteer, or you have other questions, please contact:

Robert Hrabik

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