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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.

Laws & Policies

Firearms and other weapons

Legislation - As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.

Park User Responsibility - It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit
Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 571.

Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities - Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Refer to 18 U.S.C. § 930.



Controlling Rowdy Behavior on the Rivers (drug and alcohol laws strictly enforced, no kegs, no beer bongs, quiet enforced, no cliff jumping or rope swinging, etc)
Superintendent's Compendium, Regulations specific to Ozark National Scenic Riverways 2014 (.pdf file)

Addendum concerning closure of Round Spring Cave.
Addendum concerning closure of Pothole Road.


Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36 (Regulations regarding National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in the USA)

General Management Plan (1984) The general plan for management of the Ozark Riverways.

 
 
 


  • Specfic Park Rules & Regulations (See "Compendium" above for a complete listing.)

Controlling Rowdy Behavior on the Rivers (drug laws strictly enforced, no kegs, no beer bongs, no "Jello shots", quiet enforced, no cliff jumping or rope swinging, etc.)

ATV Rules and regulations in the park (On roads only, no off road travel.)

Motor boat and horsepower regulations (Limits for certain areas of the rivers.)

Alcohol Policy (Public intoxication will not be tolerated.)

Hunting Regulations (State Regulation such as bag limits, seasons, etc. All apply in the park.)

Archaeological Protection Act (Collecting of arrowheads is prohibited, as well as digging, taking or possessing historic or prehistoric artifacts.)

 
 

"Indeed the river is a perpetual gala, and boasts each month a new ornament." - (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature)

Did You Know?

Ozark hellbender

The Ozark hellbender is one of two species of hellbender, a giant salamander, in the United States. Ozark National Scenic Riverways is one of the few places on earth home to the Ozark species. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...