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    Ozark

    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

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?

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...