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    Ozark

    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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  • Alley Mill Closed for Renovations

    The Alley Mill will be undergoing renovations much of summer of 2014. It will be open on weekends ONLY in July. There will be fencing around the Mill which will prevent close access. We are working to protect and preserve the Mill for the future. More »

Animals

Picture of a snake eating a frog

The Food Chain in action!

Ozark National Scenic riverways preserves riparian, upland forest, aquatic and subterranean habitats for wildlife. Whitetailed deer and wild turkey delight hunters while at least 198 species of birds are waiting for the avid birder. Relict glade habitats are home to some of the more unusual animals in the Ozarks, including collared lizards more typical of the US Southwest and even tarantulas and scorpions! A prescribed fire regime keeps these habitats healthy. Learn more about fire management in the park by clicking on the Fire link in the environmental Factors webpage. (To the left)
 

" Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us as a people. They nourish and refresh us and provide a home for dazzling varieties of fish and wildlife and trees and plants of every sort. We are a nation rich in rivers. "- (Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt)

Did You Know?

thick stand of rivercane, which looks like bamboo.

Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...