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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?

Blue Spring is 310 feet deep.

Blue Spring is 310 feet deep. If the Statue of Liberty was standing on the bottom, the top of her torch would be underwater! It is widely considered to be the most beautiful spring in Missouri due to its vivid blue color. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...