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    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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  • Big Spring area will be closed Nov 8 & 9 and Dec 12 - 14

    The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.

Environmental Factors

Bob Holan at Blue Spring

Blue Spring      

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is influenced by a variety of environmental factors. As a karst area, the local and regional hydrologic cycle has a significant impact on the springs, their wildlife and their contribution to the flow of the rivers.

The area is subject to flooding, in most years there is a spring and fall flood, although a period of drought over recent years has lessened this impact.

The shortleaf pine forests are also influenced by a fire cycle, which is now managed via prescribed burns. Any activities that adversely affect water quality, either surface or subsurface, can have a significant impact on the health of park resources. Fortunately, the surrounding area is rural, although there are concerns about mining, agricultural, and community development issues as they relate to possible risks to park resources.

Did You Know?

Water cascading through a shut in

"Shut Ins" are an Ozark term for small canyon-like areas where water and rock struggle. Ozark National Scenic Riverways' Rocky Falls is the best known in the park, but there are several more in less easily accessible areas such as near Klepzig Mill. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...