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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.

Rivers and Streams

Nature and Science

The Current River and its tributary the Jacks Fork are the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and in fact the very reason for the park's existance is to protect these two streams. Mostly spring-fed and running through some of the most beautiful Ozark scenery, they attract some 1.5 million visitors each year. Most come to float, fish, swim and otherwise partake of the rivers' charms.

Water Quality

Streamflow Information for the Jacks Fork and Current River in Ozark National Scenic Riverways (USGS Report, pdf file)

"I started out thinking of America as highways and state lines. As I got to know it better, I began to think of it as rivers. Most of what I love about the country is a gift of the rivers. . . . America is a great story, and there is a river on every page of it. "- (Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt)

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...