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    Ozark

    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.

Freshwater Plants

Nature and Science

Pickerel Weed can be found in backwaters and sloughs       

(Missouri Dept of Conservation Photo)

Ozark Springs provide habitat for many species of aquatic plants. The ivy leaved duckweed is found in Alley and Round Spring, yet is rare statewide. Watercress is abundant in all the springs, and coontail provides habitat for fish in the rivers. Pickerel weed, sweet flag and other species can be found in backwaters and sloughs along the river.

Did You Know?

Fall color paints a glade bright red.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways' glades are rocky, desert-like area on hilltops. Kept open by periodic fires, they are home to collared lizards, tarantulas, scorpions, cacti and other species more typical of the desert southwest. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...