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May 19, 2017
National Park Service Announces Opening of Some River Sections and Campgrounds in Ozark Riverways
Three weeks after devastating flood damage, the Midwest Region Incident Management Team and Ozark National Scenic Riverways are opening some access points along the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers

May 12, 2017
National Park Service Recovery Team to Open Some Areas of Ozark Riverways
After more than a week of hard work cleaning and repairing areas in the park, Ozark National Scenic Riverways will open some land-based areas for day use beginning Saturday, May 13. Park staff and the Midwest Region Incident Management Team have been working to assess conditions and identify areas that are safe to open as we continue to address the large tasks ahead.

May 07, 2017
2017 Flood Incident Management Team At Ozark National Scenic Riverway
NPS staff cleaning mud out of one of the Big Spring bathrooms on May 3, 2017. Every restroom in the Big Spring area was significantly damaged.

May 04, 2017
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Closed While Recovering from Historic Flooding
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is closed due to extensive damage to facilities and unsafe conditions caused by the widespread flooding in the region. This closure includes all facilities, campgrounds, and river access points located within the park.

April 24, 2017
Environmental Assessment for Park Housing Available for Comment
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to replace obsolete park housing at four locations within Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

April 24, 2017
Stool Caning Workshop to be Held in Van Buren
Everything’s more fun with family! In celebration of Mother’s Day we invite mothers and daughters to enjoy a hands-on course about traditional chair caning techniques on Saturday, May 6.

April 17, 2017
Wildflower Hike to be Held at Big Spring
Join Park Rangers at Big Spring on Saturday, April 29th at 10 a.m. for a nature and wildflower hike that will be fun for the whole family.

April 11, 2017
Annual Junior Ranger Day to be held May 5th at Alley Spring
The annual Junior Ranger Day event at Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be held at Alley Spring on Friday, May 5th.

April 06, 2017
Outdoor Adventure Demonstration Day on the Upper Current River
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will partner with Missouri State Parks to host “Outdoor Adventure Demonstration Day” at Current River State Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

February 28, 2017
Ozark Riverways to Complete Paving Project at Round Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be conducting a paving project in the Round Spring area from early March through mid-May.

February 28, 2017
Agricultural Special Use Permits Available at Ozark National Scenic Riverways
The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting bids for agricultural Special Use Permits (SUPs) covering seven parcels in Ozark National Scenic Riverways within Shannon and Dent counties.

February 27, 2017
Ozark Riverways Hosting River Clean-Up March 31 and April 1
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting a river cleanup effort on March 31 and April 1 with the Ozark Heritage Project.

February 01, 2017
Ozark Riverways Plans to Conduct Prescribed Burns
Preparations are underway for Ozark National Scenic Riverways to accomplish several prescribed burns this spring.

January 18, 2017
Owl Prowl to be Held at Ozark National Scenic Riverways
"Whooo is out there?" Owls have fascinated mankind for centuries, from the wise owl of the Greek goddess Athena to Winnie the Pooh’s friend.

January 13, 2017
Big Spring Historic District Cultural Landscape Report Available for Public Review
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared a Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment (CLR/EA) to identify key landscape resources within the Big Spring State Park National Historic District at Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

January 11, 2017
Temporary Restriction of Public Use in the Lower Current District within Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Ozark National Scenic Riverways, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will be conducting helicopter operations to assist culling feral hogs.

December 20, 2016
Winter Paddling Clinic and First Day Float
Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Missouri State Parks will be hosting a Winter Paddling Clinic and First Day Float on December 31 and January 1.

December 08, 2016
Update on the Status of the Big Spring Lodge and Cabins
The Big Spring Lodge and Cabins are a beloved feature of the Big Spring area and are a popular destination for visitors to Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

December 02, 2016
Akers Holiday Celebration to be held at Mt. Zion Church
Everyone is invited to join current and former members of the Akers Community for a special Christmas Celebration at Mt. Zion Church on Sunday, December 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

November 30, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Is Issuing a Concession Prospectus
The National Park Service is issuing a concession prospectus on November 29, 2016, with a response date of March 1, 2017, for the continuation of thirteen (13) concession contracts for the rental of canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, and providing associated shuttle services.

November 23, 2016
Holiday Open Houses to be Held at Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Memories of cookies and cider, sled rides, homemade gifts and ornaments, and warm gatherings of friends and family are all part of the spirit of Christmas in the Ozarks.

October 12, 2016
Gigging Workshop Planned at Round Spring on October 22
On Saturday, October 22, Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host an instructional gigging workshop at Round Spring in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

September 29, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosting Photography Workshop in Celebration of the National Park Service Centennial
As part of the celebration of the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, Ozark Riverways will be hosting outdoor photography workshops on October 15th and 16th.

September 29, 2016
Celebrate Haunting in the Hills October 7-8th at Alley Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during the Haunting in the Hills event to be held Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, at Alley Spring.

September 23, 2016
Riverways Volunteers Receive National Speleological Award
Two long-time volunteers at Ozark National Scenic Riverways have been recognized with a national award for their efforts in cave research and preservation in Missouri.

September 23, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans for Upcoming Managed Youth Deer Hunt
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be conducting a managed youth deer hunt the first weekend of October at Big Spring.

September 09, 2016
National Public Lands Day Stewardship Event at Ozark National Scenic Riverways
On Saturday, September 24, volunteers across the country will visit their favorite parks, rivers, wildlife preserves, or forests to give back to the treasured lands where we play, learn, and relax.

September 09, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans Mill Mountain Discovery Hike
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host the Mill Mountain Discovery Hike on Saturday, September 24. Mill Mountain is located in the heart of the Riverways, between Klepzig Mill and Rocky Falls.

September 09, 2016
Buttin Rock School Reunion to be Held September 24
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is pleased to announce a school reunion at the historic Buttin Rock School on September 24 from 11a.m. – 2 p.m.

August 25, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts Trail Town Celebration on the Ozark Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host a Trail Town Celebration on September 10 and 11 in partnership with the Shannon County Museum, the Eminence Chamber of Commerce and the Ozark Trail Association.

July 14, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans Canoe and Kayak Clinics
Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Current River State Park will be offering free paddling clinics on July 22 and 29, and August 5 and 12.

July 14, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways to Host Alley Spring Community Reunion
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host a Celebration and Reunion of the Alley Spring Community on August 7, in partnership with the Shannon County Museum.

July 14, 2016
Stars in the Night Sky Astronomy Program at Alley Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host a program on Stars in the Night Sky at Alley Spring on July 29th to coincide with the Delta Aquarids meteor shower.

July 13, 2016
Update on the Status of Big Spring Lodge and Cabins
The Big Spring Lodge and Cabins have been operated by private concessioners under contract with the National Park Service (NPS) as an essential visitor service for many years.

July 06, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans Centennial Programs at Big Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will offer cultural demonstrations and workshops at Big Spring during July as part of the celebration of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.

June 28, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Offering Two Managed Deer Hunts at Big Spring
To improve the overall health of the Big Spring deer herd, managed deer hunts will be conducted in October and November 2016 at Big Spring.

June 27, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts Alley Independence Day Celebration
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host the annual Alley Spring Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

June 17, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans Centennial Programs at Round Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will offer several activities at Round Spring in the next several weeks as part of the celebration of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.

June 16, 2016
Temporary Closure of State Route K at Akers Expected on June 20
Repairs to Akers Ferry, located at Akers on the upper Current River, are underway.

June 10, 2016
Akers Ferry Expected to Re-Open by Late June
Akers Ferry, located at Akers on the upper Current River, is expected to re-open in late June.

June 10, 2016
Alley Mill to be Closed June 21-23 for Pesticide Treatment
During a recent inspection of Alley Mill, the presence of powderpost beetles was discovered.

June 08, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosts Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Activities
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will offer several activities on June 18 and 19 in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

June 02, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Hosting Ozark Heritage Day Event at Big Spring
Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be hosting the Ozark Heritage Day Event at Big Spring on Saturday, June 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 27, 2016
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plans to Celebrate National Trails Day
VAN BUREN, MO: Ozark National Scenic Riverways will offer several activities on June 4 and 5 in celebration of National Trails Day and the National Park Service Centennial.

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