Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Current River

Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Southeast Missouri was created by an Act of Congress in 1964 to protect the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, and it was formally dedicated in 1971. The park's 80,000 acres (324 km2) are used for many forms of recreation and are home to abundant animal and plant species. Canoeing is the most popular activity, with some 1.3 million visitors coming to the area each year. Other activities include horseback riding, hunting, hiking, fishing, camping and sightseeing.


The park headquarters is located in Van Buren, where a small museum and visitor center is open to the public.



Round Spring

Flora and fauna

Get in

Ozark National Scenic Riversways area map.

By plane


There is no entrance fee charged to enter Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Fees for boat rental, lodging, and campsites will vary by provider. No permit is required to operate a boat on the river. A Missouri fishing license is required to fish.


Auto tours





Jacks Fork River

Missouri 106
Eminence, MO 65466
+1 573 226-3386

513 N Main St
Eminence, MO 65466
+1 573 226-3404

HCR 2, Box 199
Eminence, Missouri 65466
+1 573 226-3478

Upper Current River (Montauk to Two Rivers)

Two Rivers Canoe Rental

Lower Current River (Two Rivers to Van Buren)


The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are popular with anglers.


The river is great for swimming, but never swim alone or during high water. There are no life-guarded swimming areas. Diving is extremely dangerous because of unseen rocks and logs beneath the water's surface. Glass containers are prohibited on the river, on trails, within 50 feet of any stream or river bank, and in caves.

Bird watching

Horseback riding

The private Cross County Trail Rides in Eminence is one of the largest trailrides in the United States. Many horse trails are present along the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers.


Most authorized concessioners have gift shops.



Bringing alcohol is a privilege, not a right. You are required to regulate your alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related offenses may be punishable by eviction from the park. Once again: Glass containers are not permitted on or within 100 feet of the river.




Thirteen designated campgrounds are accessible by car and are open year round on a first-come, first-served basis.

Primitive Camping on Gravel Bars Primitive camping with campfires is allowed along the river on the numerous gravel bars. This is a popular option for both locals and those floating a portion of the river. The gravel bars have no developed facilities, but also have few or no snakes, insects or poison ivy.

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