Park Planning

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce the Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Ozark National Scenic Riverways has been completed and is available to the public beginning on December 12, 2014. This document represents careful consideration of a wide range of public comments received in early 2014. Your input has been invaluable in preparing the final plan.

The final general management plan establishes a new long-term vision for Ozark National Scenic Riverways and provides comprehensive guidance that will help fulfill this vision and address the Riverways' key management issues. To accomplish this, the plan sets forth a balanced approach for protecting the many distinctive natural and cultural resources along the Riverways, while also providing visitors with diverse and unique opportunities for high-quality land- and water-based recreation experiences.

Please click the links below to download the final plan and an informational newsletter. The document is over 600 pages long, so the number of printed hard copies has been kept to a minimum. For your convenience, CDs are available upon request by contacting the Riverways at the address or phone number below. The National Park Service places great value on your interest in and passion for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. We look forward to implementing this plan with your support and collaboration!

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
404 Watercress Drive
P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965

(573) 323-4236

General Management Plan / EIS
Signed Record of Decision
Final GMP Newsletter
Frequently Asked Questions
Associated Documents

Riverways Reflections: the Superintendent's Personal Newsletter

May 18, 2015

Previous Issues:
March 2, 2015

March 17, 2014
March 31, 2014

April 14, 2014
April 28, 2014
May 12, 2014

May 30, 2014
June 9, 2014

July 7, 2014

August 18, 2014

October 6, 2014

December 1, 2014
December 22, 2014

While the official comment period is over, we always welcome your input into any aspect of park operations. Feel free to e-mail us via this website (go to "Contact us") or write us a letter at:

Superintendent, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, P.O. Box 490, Van Buren, MO 63965

As always, we look forward to hearing from the public and encourage all to visit the park's website at or our for the latest news.

Last updated: June 3, 2015

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


(573) 323-4236

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