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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814
Eminence, MO: Due to the temporary closure of the Powder Mill River Access to vehicle traffic, the Owls Bend River Access across the river is available as an alternate launch point for jet boats and floaters. Visitors who wish to launch jet boats or non-motorized vessels can access the river at the gravel bar on the west side of the Current River, near the old Owls Bend School. The Owls Bend River Access can be reached by taking NPS Road 4-126 (West Old State Route 106 ) off of Highway 106, approximately one mile west of the Current River bridge. Follow NPS Road 4-126 to NPS 4-432 and turn right. Then, continue toward the Owls Bend School and turn left at NPS 4-3088 to enter the river access point. Vehicles are encouraged to park near the utility right-of-way or near the Owls Bend School to minimize congestion for vehicles loading and unloading.
The Powder Mill River Access on the Current River along Highway 106 remains temporarily closed to vehicles due to a washout of the paved road near the access point. Because the roadway is now impassable and unsafe for vehicle travel, barricades have been placed across the road near the closed Powder Mill restroom facility. The Powder Mill campground also remains closed from extensive damaged sustained during the 2017 flood.
This closure does not affect walk-in use of the Powder Mill river access, which remains open to foot traffic. River users can still walk to the Powder Mill access point from the parking area near the closed restroom to use the gravel bar, or to carry their gear for floating. Vehicles can also continue to use the parking lot near the trailhead for the Ozark Trail at the Powder Mill Center.
For more information about the Riverways, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.
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