January 14, 2013
Owl Prowl to be held at Alley General Store on January 25 at 5:30 pm. Join us for a nighttime walk in the woods to learn about, and if we're lucky, maybe even see, owls. Details.
Van Buren Third Graders enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas. The Van Buren third grade visited park headquarters for music, cookies and a visit from Santa. Details.
Old Fashioned Christmas to be held at Alley General Store, December 8 from 10:00 to 1:00 pm. Join us for holiday cheer and try your hand at making a traditional homemade ornament for your tree. Free. Details.
October 22, 2012
Re-enactment of Civil War Camp Lincoln to be held at Big Spring November 2 -3 . Free! Details.
October 5, 2012
Former Park Employee Sentenced for Video Voyeurism. Details.
October 1, 2012
Haunting in the Hills to be held at Alley, October 13. Enjoy music, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations and more! (Press photos available on multimedia page.) Details.
September 18, 2012
Ozark National Scenic Riverways and the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center host Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit. Details.
August 29, 2012
Seasonal Access Available at Sinking Creek. New access for trappers and giggers established. Details.
August 28, 2012
Local students' butterfly found in Mexico. Students tag monarch butterflies to track their migration. Details.
July 20, 2012
Join us for Songs of the Ozarks Outdoors with local songwriter Jamin Bray. Friday August 3 at 8:30 at Round Spring. Free. Details.
July 20, 2012
An Ozark Dinner Theater will be held on July 28 at Big Spring from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy Buzzard Run Bluegrass and Country Fire Cloggers while dining on fine catfish. No charge for admission, but there is a fee for dinner. Details.
July 9, 2012
Junior Geologist Day to be held at Rocky Falls, July 17, 9:00 - 12:00pm. Kids can join a ranger to learn about the fascinating two billion year old story of Rocky Falls. Details.
July 7, 2012
Canoe and Kayak Clinic to be held at Round Spring, July 20, 27 and August 3. Details.
July 3, 2012
Ozark Riverways issues burn ban for all areas, including campgrounds. Camp stoves and closed charcoal grill okay. Details.
June 28, 2012
Alley to host Independence Day Celebration July 7 with square dancing, music by the Baker Family and free watermelon and lemonade. Details.
June 28, 2012
June 26, 2012
ONSR Announces Rehabilitation of Hickory Boat Launch. Details.
June 15, 2012
Student art contest to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. Details.
June 8, 2012
Clara Wooden to serve as temporary superintendent. Details.
May 30, 2012
Heritage Days to be held June 9 at Big Spring. Details.
Thanking America's Armed Forces, Free Park Pass Offered to Active Duty Personnel. Details.
Bill Black selected as new Ozark NSR superintendent. Details.
May 17, 2012
Raftyard re-opens after stairway construction. Details.
May 7, 2012
Agricultural permits available. Details.
May 7, 2012
Round Spring Campground re-Opens after paving. Details.
April 17, 2012
National Park Foundation launches "Ticket to Ride" Ozark NSR to participate. Details.
April 17, 2012
Paving at Alley Complete, Campground Open. Round Spring Campground remains closed. Details.
April 4, 2012
Old Fashioned Spelling Bee held at park. Details.
April 4, 2012
Ozark Riverways Employees recognized with length of service awards. Details
March 28, 2012
Devils Well stairs (only) closed for repairs. Picnic area and trail to river still open. Details.
March 16, 2012
Alley and Round Spring Campgrounds to be closed for paving. Details.
March 5, 2012
Ozark Riverways contributes $63 Million to local economy. Details.
February 24, 2012
Park announces Special Events for the coming year. Details.
Park recognizes employees. Details.
February 10, 2012
Park plans prescribed burns, February - April. Details.
February 7, 2012
Raftyard access closed for repairs until May 4, 2012 to build improved stairway. Details.
February 1, 2012
"Owl Prowl" set for February 4 at Alley, 5:30 pm. DetailsDetails.
December 20, 2011
Owl Walk to be held January 7 at Alley at 5:00 pm. Details.December 20, 2011
There was a lot of fun and holiday cheer at the park's Christmas celebrations. Details.
November 23, 2011
Old Fashioned Christmas to be held at Alley General Store. 10:00 - 12:00 everyone welcome to come and make old fashioned Christmas ornaments, enjoy cider, hot chocolate and cookies. FREE. Details.
November 22, 2011
Public input invited on plan to build a trail to Bat Cave and also build a hoist. Details.November 22, 2011
Superintendent Reed Detring retiring from Ozark Riverways. Details.
November 16, 2011
Park Visitor Contact Center in Van Buren to be closed weekends and holidays. Details.
Prescribed burn scheduled for Alley. Details.
September 22, 2011
Enjoy the wonders of the night sky with astronomers from the St Louis Astronomical Society. October 1 at 8:00 pm at Akers Ferry, meet at the store. Details.
September 12, 2011
The Ozark past comes to life during the annual "Haunting in the Hills," a two-day event on Oct. 8-9, 2011, at Alley Spring. The FREE event features folkway demonstrations, re-enactments, and hands-on activities. Details. [657 kb PDF]September 9, 2011
Learn all about woodworking and the history of that useful tool the plane at our workshop, September 24, at park headquarters in Van Buren. Details.August 23, 2011
Paving Projects at Alley and Round Spring Campgrounds cause closure from Sept 6 to November 18, 2011. Details.July 25, 2011
Public Input Sought Regarding Akers Concessionaire Land Assignment. Details.
July 15, 2011
"Ozark Dinner Theater" to be held at Big Spring July 23. Details.
July 15, 2011
Sinking Creek Gravel Bar is now open. Details.
June 20, 2011
Camping Clinic for Beginners to be held at Akers. Details.
June 19, 2011
Free Canoe and Kayak Clinics to be held at Round Spring in July. Details.
June 18, 2011
Alley Spring to Host Independence Day Event. Details.
June 6, 2011
Bill Staines to Present Free Concert at Big Spring June 14, 2011 at 7:30. Details.
June 3, 2011
Ozark Heritage Days to be Held June 10 & 11, at Big Spring. Details.
June 2, 2011
Local Machinist Recognized for Volunteer Repair of Alley Mill. Details.
June 2, 2011
Dr James Price Retires after Eleven Years at Park. Details.
May 20, 2011
Many Areas Around Big Spring Re-Opened. Details.
Superintendent Reed Detring Recognized for 35 years of Service. Details.
May 13, 2011
Major River Obstruction Removed, More Areas Opened. Details.
May 12, 2011
Park Recovering After Major Flood, Clean-up Continues. Details
May 11, 2011
Large Excavator Arrives to Assist in Removing Debris, More Areas Opened. Details.
May 10, 2011
Jacks Fork River is Closed Between Alley and Keatons. Details.
May 9, 2011
Park opens more areas after major flooding. Details.
May 6, 2011
May 3, 2011
Basketweaving Demonstration at Park Headquarters in Van Buren, May 7. More.
Alley Mill Grand Opening. More.
April 21, 2011
Ozark NSR Announces Spring Facilities Open. More.
April 21, 2011
Stars in the Park - Akers Stargazing. More.
February 15, 2011
Ozark NSR plans to conduct prescribed burns. More.February 10, 2011
The Nature Conservancy protects Current River land. Details.
February 10, 2011
Basketry techniques to be demonstrated at park headquarters on February 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More.
February 8, 2011
Public input sought on the development of an Exotic Plant Management Plan and Environmental Analysis. Details.
January 4, 2011
Owl Prowl to be held January 22 at Alley at 5:30 pm. Details.
January 3, 2011
Public input requested on building of new radio tower. More.
December 8, 2010
Enjoy an Old Fashioned Ozark Christmas at the Alley general Store, December 11 from 10:00 - noon. More.November 30, 2010
Long time park employee Bryan Culpepper passed away Thanksgiving morning. More.November 09, 2010
There are lots of things to do around the park this fall, but be careful of increased fire danger. More.
November 09, 2010
Dry conditions make for hazardous camping conditions. More.
October 21, 2010
Chief Ranger Greg Moss retires after 32 years. More.October 19, 2010
Van Buren High School Students plant trees. Forty four students from the Van Buren High School Science Club planted several hundred trees to help stabilize and revegetate a river landing. More.
Park Closes All Caves except Round Spring Caverns due to Bat Disease. A case of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that kills bats has been discovered in Shannon County. The park has closed all caves to visitation to protect bats. Round Spring Caverns to remain open. More.
May 14, 2010
Due to a lack of bids, the resurfacing project that had been annouced earlier has been cancelled.
Civil War and Period Woodworking Demonstration to be held at Big Spring May 1. Enjoy a Civil War encampment and learn the many "support" skills that were needed to keep the Army moving and fighting.
ONSR Holds Stakeholder Meeting. Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) held a stakeholder workshop for the purpose of bringing together representatives of different interest groups for some frank discussion and creative thinking about the park's future management. The information gathered at the workshop will be used, along with all the public comments received, to assist the National Park Service (NPS) as it reviews the preliminary alternatives for possible revision and selects a preferred alternative for the Draft General Management Plan (GMP). The GMP is the guiding document that will steer the management of the park for the next 20 years and more, providing direction to the current and future administrations of the park. The final report for the stakeholder workshop is now available online on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. To access the PEPC website in order to review the report visit: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar.
Firearms Now Permitted In Ozark Riverways a new law allows firearms in the park if otherwise permitted under state law, except in buildings. Firearms may not be discharged except in the legal pursuit of game.
January 13, 2010
Due to the high level of interest in the Draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Ozark National Scenic Riverways the National Park Service (NPS) has made several documents available for public review. The GMP is the guiding document that will steer the management of the park for the next 20 years and more, providing direction to the current and future administrations of the park.
The NPS received a tremendous response to the preliminary alternatives for the GMP. The turnout at the five June 2009 open houses was very large and a high volume of written comments was submitted. Due to that volume, it has taken a while to read all of the comments, put them into the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) database, and prepare a summary for the public. Several documents have been developed that summarize the public comments received to date. To access the PEPC website in order to review these documents visit: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ Select Ozark NSR from the dropdown menu, then "General Management Plan" from the list of current projects, and then "Document List".
Given the variety of concerns and suggestions from the public, the NPS will be doing additional work in 2010 and 2011 to revise and refine the planning alternatives and develop the agency's preferred alternative. Included in this process will be work to better understand the impacts of these alternatives on the natural, cultural, social, and economic environment of the national riverways. The park will also be seeking funding to complete studies in the areas of social and natural science to support agency decisions.
The revised alternatives, including the NPS preferred alternative, will be presented in a printed Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement. Upon release of this document, there will be an extensive public review and comment period. The NPS Midwest Regional Director will not approve a final management plan until all comments on the draft plan are reviewed and considered.
Shawnee Creek Campground Road Closed. The road to Shawnee Creek Campground has been closed to vehicle traffic. The road suffered extensive damage from the late October flooding and is unsafe for travel. The campground remains open to walk in and float in campers. Repair work will be extensive and the dates for final completion are undetermined.
Split and Whittle Workshop Announced. Join us at Park Headquarters in Van Buren on November 7 from 9:00 to 4:00 for a look at old time tools.
General Management Plan Comment Period Extended. The comment period has been extended through September 11.
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March 24, 2009
General Management Plan Meetings Announced. Schedule of dates and locations for public meetings to comment on park planning issues.
Reed Detring will become Ozark Riverways' new superintendent. Missouri native will join park in June. Click for details.
Ozark NSR Recovering from Major Flood. Park rangers rescue several people, park facilities damaged. Click for details.
Alley Mill featured on NPS Passport Stamp. Local photographer Dave Dawson's image of the mill will be featured on the Midwest Region's passport stamp. Click for details.
Volunteer Horse Patrol Marks First Year click for details
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September 27, 2006
Only allowed on legal roads, no off-road use.September 27, 2006
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April 26, 2006
Environmental Assessment for Broadfoot and Shawnee Staging Areas available
The National Park Service (NPS) seeks your review and comments on the "Environmental Assessment for Broadfoot and Shawnee Staging Areas."