Ozark National Scenic Riverways 2017 Flood Information

For the latest on flood recovery efforts.

Please see detailed open and closure information below!

-Reservations are open for Alley Spring, Round Spring, Akers, Pulltite and Two Rivers Campsites, as well as, Alley Spring and Round Spring Pavilions. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.


All River Sections Open to Floating:

  • Jacks Fork River: Prongs to Two Rivers
  • Current River: Montauk to Gooseneck

Campgrounds Open:

  • Cedar Grove
  • Dee Murray
  • Welch
  • Akers Group Campsites
  • Akers West
  • Pulltite
  • Sinking Creek
  • Round Spring
  • Round Spring Group Campsites
  • Grassy
  • Jerktail
  • Broadfoot
  • Two Rivers (Warning: flood debris was littered across area, so sharp objects and glass may still be present on the ground. Bare feet are not advised.)
  • Roberts Field (Two sites near river open)
  • Beal
  • Log Yard
  • Chubb Hollow
  • Clubhouse campsites
  • Gooseneck
  • Rymers
  • Big Tree
  • Bachers (no restroom)
  • Baptizing Hole (no restroom)
  • Blue Spring on the Jacks Fork
  • Bay Creek
  • Lower Dixon
  • Entire Alley Campground (Porta Potties available, New shower house with toilets operational, 7/25) no water in 400 loop)
  • Shawnee (no restrooms)

Campgrounds Closed:

  • Big Spring Campground remain closed. All reservations have been canceled for the remainder of the season.
  • Pin Oak (Not expected to re-open in 2017)
  • Powder Mill
  • Pothole
  • Martin Bluff

River Access Points Open:

Current:
  • Tan Vat
  • Parker Ford
  • Baptist
  • Cedar Grove
  • Welch
  • Akers
  • Pulltite Landing
  • Sinking Creek
  • Big Creek
  • Banks Ford
  • Lipp's Hole
  • Round Spring Upper and Lower Landings
  • Sutton Creek
  • Two Rivers Floater Landing and Boat Landing
  • Goosebay
  • Martin's Landing
  • Roberts Field
  • Powder Mill-Access Only
  • Beal
  • Logyard
  • Chilton Creek (Road leading to access is rough, caution advised)
  • Waymeyer
  • Lost Mans Ridge
  • Panther Spring
  • Raftyard
  • Big Spring
  • Cedar Spring
  • Hickory
  • Clubhouse
  • Gooseneck
Jacks Fork:
  • Buck Hollow\
  • Bluff View
  • Baptizing Hole
  • Bachers
  • Blue Spring
  • Rymers
  • Bay Creek
  • Bluff Hole in Alley Campground
  • Alley Spring
  • Alley Picnic Area
  • Old Trail Ride
  • Shawnee (no restroom)
  • Two Rivers Floater Landing and Boat Landing

Day Use and Visitation Areas Open:

  • Alley Mill open 9 a.m. - 5 a.m. daily (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).
  • Round Spring Cave open daily starting Saturday June 10th, (tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.)
  • Rocky Falls
  • Klepzig Mill
  • Devils Well
  • Welch Spring
  • Akers Ranger Station Bathroom
  • Peavine Road and Bridge
  • Blue Spring on the Current
  • Big Spring Grounds
  • Chubb Hollow
  • Bluff Hole swimming area in Alley Campground
  • Alley Spring General Store (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Round Spring Ranger Station (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Park Headquarters at Van Buren (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Designated Horse Trails

Group Pavilions Open:

  • Upper Alley Pavilion
  • Burr Oak Pavilion
  • Round Spring Pavilion

Group Pavilions Closed:

  • Big Spring Pavilion (Closed for the season)
  • Peavine Pavilion (Closed for the season)


Highway 106 between Eminence and Alley Spring has one lane open with a traffic light, so a detour is no longer required.

The Big Spring, and Powder Mill Developed Campgrounds remain closed. These areas were hard-hit during the flood and while we've been working hard since April 30, they are still not ready for visitors.

As always, we encourage safety when visiting the rivers, and now more than ever! Please be cautious when floating, as debris may still be submerged or littered on river banks and in areas near campgrounds. Wear shoes at all times and be extra observant as you float, camp, hike and enjoy the Riverways this summer!


Teams are working daily to clean up debris, repair extensive damage to facilities, and prioritize areas that can be opened. This effort requires coordination of over 150 people, including National Park Service staff that have traveled from all over the country to supplement park employees engaged in the cleanup effort. Superintendent Larry Johnson remarked, “We are bringing facilities online the best we can, as soon as we can safely. It is a big job, but we are dedicated to re-opening as many facilities as possible when we can safely do so for visitors and our communities to enjoy the park this summer, it is just going to take time. We appreciate folks staying out of the temporarily closed areas so we can concentrate on repairs and re-opening."

Though crews have accomplished a massive amount of work since the April 29-30 flood, visitors need to come prepared for limited services. Full amenities are not available yet in the re-opened areas. Visitors should be prepared for rough road conditions to Devils Well, Klepzig Mill, and Rocky Falls. Plan to pack out whatever you bring to the areas as trash collection and restroom cleaning will be limited, and areas will not be mowed. Patience is appreciated while recovery efforts continue.

Please see timeline below of when park areas became open:

The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 13th.
  • Alley Spring: Areas open: Alley Mill Parking area, grounds around Alley Mill and Storys Creek School, Alley General Store 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Porta-Johns are available on grounds.
  • Devils Well: Open for day use and picnicking. Cave Spring trail will be open for hiking, and the vault toilet will be open.
  • Rocky Falls: Open for day use and picnicking. The vault toilet will be open.
  • Klepzig Mill: Open for day use and picnicking.
  • Akers Ranger Station: Public restrooms will be open.
  • Round Spring Ranger Station: Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • ONSR Park Headquarters at Van Buren: Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 16th.
  • The Upper Current is now OPEN to floating from Cedar Grove to Round Spring. Please note: The only launch areas that will be open are Cedar Grove, Akers, Pulltite, and the upper and lower landings at Round Spring.
  • The emergency closure has been lifted for motorized vessels only on both the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers. However, only the access points listed above and in the Eminence and Van Buren gaps are currently available.
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 18th.
  • Tan Vat and Baptist access points on the Upper Current. Upper Current open from Montauk to Round Spring.
  • Round Spring Campground
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 19th.
  • The upper Jacks Fork is OPEN to floating from Buck Hollow (Hwy 17 Bridge) to Alley Spring.
  • Buck Hollow, Rymers and Alley Spring river landings.
  • Raftyard and Big Spring river landings open to motorized vessels only.
  • Grounds around Big Spring
  • Pulltite Campground
  • Peavine Road and Bridge
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 22nd.
  • Logyard Campground
  • Logyard river landing open to motorized vessels only
  • Rymers Campground
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 25th.
  • Entire stretch of the Current River open to floating.
  • Jacks Fork opened from Eminence to Two Rivers
  • Waymeyer
  • Chilton Creek
  • Two Rivers Boat Landing
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of May 26th.
  • Cedar Grove Campground
  • Dee Murray Campground
  • Two Rivers Campground (sharp objects from flood debris may still be present, bare feet not advisable)
  • Two Rivers Floater Access
  • Clubhouse
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/2.
  • Bay Creek River Access
  • Big Tree Campground
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/5
  • Alley Mill
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/7
  • Akers Group Campsites
  • Sinking Creek Campsites and river access
  • Roberts Field river access
  • Designated horse trails
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/10
  • Round Spring Cave
  • Jacks Fork Alley to Eminence
  • Bay Creek Campground
  • Lower Dixon
  • Blue Spring on the Current
  • Alley Campground 100 loop
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/14
  • Alley Campground 200,300, 600 loops
  • Bluff Hole swimming area Alley
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/16
  • Alley Campground 200,300, 600 loops
  • Shawnee Campground
  • Goosebay
  • Hickory
  • Gooseneck
  • Chubb Hollow
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/17
  • Alley Burr Oak Pavilion
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/21
  • Blue Spring-Jacks Fork
  • Baptizing Hole-Jacks Fork
  • Cedar Spring-Lower Current
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 6/23
  • Entire Alley Spring Campground
  • Bachers
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 7/12
  • Round Spring Group Campsite #9
  • Alley Picnic Area
  • Burr Oak Pavilion
The following is a list of park areas opened for visitation as of 7/12
  • Alley Shower House 7/25

Last updated: March 5, 2018

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Van Buren, MO 63965

Phone:

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