Organizing a family reunion, a corporate event or group retreat can be a stressful event for the lucky person who is handling all of the arrangements, with countless hours spent looking for the right location for the right price, and planning every detail. And because everyone has differing interests, it can be tough making decisions that will keep everyone happy.

But not anymore – Trout Lodge to the rescue! Here is our own version of the “Top Ten Reasons” for groups to stay at Trout Lodge:

#10: We have plenty of options for meeting spaces, including AV equipment
#9: We are centrally located for easier gathering from all over the country
#8: We are a year-round facility and host groups just about any time
#7: Our 5,200-acre property is gorgeous no matter which season!
#6: Rates (either group pay or individual pay) include lodging, meals, and many activities, however …
#5: We also have a full catering menu for private dinners and meetings
#4: We seek to strengthen bonds and bring people together and this is reflected in much that we do
#3: Our recreational activities range from relaxing to adventurous, with something for everyone regardless of age or ability
#2: We have an amazing staff whose priority it is to see to your needs for that perfect experience
#1: We have people who can help you create the perfect event from beginning to end – your meeting spaces, meals, lodging, activities – everything!

Contact Us

For more information on group reservations, please call 888-386-9622 or email


The Food Service Department at Trout Lodge is “catering central” for all of your group needs. From beverages at a meeting, snacks for a symposium break, boxed lunches for an excursion off property, a company party, or even a private formal dinner for a family reunion’s 50th anniversary, we can customize every menu detail for those times you want that personal touch outside of the dining room.


YMCA Trout Lodge is the ideal location for company holiday parties too. Many of our holiday parties are held in the dining room as a private event. Along with twinkling lights, holiday decor, delicious catered food and an abundance of options to make your company party uniquely yours, call us to schedule your fabulous holiday event that your employees will be talking about.


Below is a list of our pre-planned catering options, however with advanced notice, you can customize your meal to fit your particular needs. Please contact our Food Service Department for pricing information (or your group sales representative if you are booking as a group) at 888-FUN-YMCA.


Coffee, lemonade, iced tea, assorted soft drinks, assorted juices, bottled water

Breaks & Snacks

Movie Snacks: Popcorn, Snickers, Milky Way, Rice Krispy Treats, peanuts, granola bars, lemonade, bottled water
The Bakery: Fresh baked cookies and brownies, specialty teas, coffee
The Health Break: Fresh fruit, banana nut muffins and bran muffins, assorted bottled juices, bottled water, coffee, specialty teas
The Carnival: Popcorn, peanuts, lemonade
The Munchies: Rice Krispy Treats, Hershey candy bar products, granola bars, chips, roasted peanuts

Boxed Lunches

All of the boxed lunches include sandwich on white or whole wheat bread, chips, fresh fruit cookies, bottled water
Turkey or ham sandwiches with cheese
Vegetarian sandwich with cucumber, tomato, lettuce and cheese
Peanut butter & jelly sandwich

Specialty Buffets

Continental: Assorted juices, coffee, assorted Danish, bagels and spreads, fresh fruit, yogurt
Prime Time: Boneless prime rib, fresh green beans, parmesan potatoes, Italian Hill salad, chocolate-covered cheesecake, coffee, iced tea
BBQ by the Lake: Grilled chicken, brats, pasta salad, corn on the cob, blondie bars, brownies, lemonade, iced tea, bottled water
Indoor BBQ: Grilled chicken, BBQ spare ribs, baked beans, cole slaw, ranch rolls, blondie bars, cookies, coffee, iced tea
Luau Option #1: Chicken, shrimp kabobs, mixed fruit salad, grilled vegetables, Kaiser rolls, cookies, brownies, lemonade, bottled water
Luau Option #2: Pulled pork, mixed fruit salad, grilled vegetables, Kaiser rolls, cookies, brownies, lemonade, bottled water
Lasagna Dinner: Vegetarian or meat, Italian Hill salad, garlic cheese bread, “Too Much Chocolate” cake, coffee, iced tea
Mexican: Chicken fajitas, mexican veggies, wild rice, flour tortilla, tri-color chips, salsa, sour cream, lemon meringue pie, iced tea, bottled water
Ms. Hattie’s Fried Chicken: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, tossed salad with choice of ranch or vinaigrette, dinner rolls, “Too Much Chocolate” cake, coffee, iced tea
On the Lighter Side: Grilled chicken, vegetable medley, wild rice, tossed salad with choice of ranch or vinaigrette dressing, dinner rolls, lemon meringue pie, coffee, iced tea

Hors d’oeuvres

Garlic hot wings; crab rangoon; cheese & crackers; toasted cheese ravioli; pizza rolls; stuffed mushrooms; jalapeno poppers; petit fours; fruit tray, veggie tray; peel & eat shrimp; fried shrimp; teriyaki chicken skewers; mini cheesecakes

Western Chuck Wagon Cook Out

The chuck wagon cook-out includes a hayride through the Ozarks countryside to a secluded site near Fourche Renault creek with the following menu options:
Package #1: Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments & buns, baked beans, chips, cookies, lemonade
Package #2: Ribs, chicken, baked beans, texas toast, tossed salad with choice of ranch or vinaigrette dressing, lemonade, dessert
Package #3: Rib-eye steaks, corn on the cob, texas toast, baked beans, tossed salad with choice of ranch or vinaigrette dressing, lemonade, dessert
Package #4: 8 oz. rib-eye steak, corn on the cob, baked beans, texas toast, tossed salad with choice of ranch or vinaigrette dressing, blondie bars, cookies, lemonade.

A la Carte

Cookies; granola bars; danish; fruit tray; cheese tray; veggie tray; whole fruit basket

Meeting Rooms

Trout Lodge has options when it comes to selecting the right meeting space for your group, both inside of Trout Lodge as well as in buildings located on our property. Some have windows, some do not, some have dividers (for break-out sessions as an example), some have a more rustic feel and some have scenic views. Trout Lodge can accommodate large groups, and we can even rent out the entire facility for your group.

Helpful Planning Resources

We can help you plan the perfect multiple-day event – lodging, all meals and even the activities. And if you are looking for a one-day event, we can help you with that as well. We look forward to assisting you, so please tell us a little more about your next meeting, group trip or reunion and get our “10 Tips for a Dynamic Group Outing” for FREE! We will contact you and discuss your needs further. Or, you may contact us at 888-386-9622 ext. 272.

We’ve also put together an informational planning guide, perfect for those just checking things out.

Essentials of Planning a Family Reunion


For those who have already booked and need to complete their forms, below you will find the required forms (if a form does not apply to you, please disregard). You do NOT have to send in the forms at one time. Please look on the last page of the Planner Booklet for the required “return by” dates.

These forms are fillable, therefore you must save the form to your computer/device FIRST, then you can complete the form from your device, re-save and then email them to your Group Sales Reservationist. If you have any questions in regards to any of the information, please contact your Group Sales Reservationist who will be happy to assist you.

     Form 1 – Guaranteed Numbers

     Form 2 – Group Arrangement

     Form 3 – Meeting Rooms & AV Needs

     Form 4 – Group Catering (must request pricing from your Group Sales Reservationist)

     Form 5 – Group Rooming