Alley Mill Closed for Renovations
The Alley Mill will be undergoing renovations much of summer of 2014. It will be open daily through Aug 17 and then only on weekends after that. There will be fencing around the Mill which will prevent close access. More »
Flooding Closes Some Areas of Ozark Riverways
Contact: Bill O'Donnell, 573-226-3945
Contact: Dennis Weiland, 573-323-4923
Contact: Faye Walmsley, 573-323-4844
Van Buren, MO – The Ozark National Scenic Riverways area was hit by storms bringing as much as four inches of rain over the weekend. Flooding of the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers has caused several areas, as well as the rivers themselves, to be closed.
Closed campgrounds include all primitive campsites along the Jacks Fork, the Alley Spring Campground, Bay Creek Campground, Shawnee Creek Campground, Powder Mill Campground and Big Spring Campground. These campgrounds are expected to remain closed through Tuesday June 4. Pulltite and Round Spring Campgrounds are expected to remain open.
Campers were evacuated from these areas Saturday morning, and rangers assisted several people in evacuating riverside campsites as well as assisted the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Patrol officers in a rescue outside the park.
Access to the Alley Mill is still open but the road to Big Spring was blocked by rising waters on Saturday.
Water levels at the Route 17 Bridge on the Jacks Fork reached nearly twenty feet, which is seventeen feet above flood level.
For more information call 573-323-4236, ext 0, or visit our website at: www.nps.gov/ozar
Did You Know?
Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...