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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814
Contact: Peggy Tarrence, 573-323-4864
VAN BUREN, MO: The National Park Service issued a concession prospectus on November 29 for the continuation of thirteen (13) concession contracts for the rental of canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes, and providing associated shuttle services within Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The response date for submissions is March 1, 2017. The term of each new concession contract will be for ten (10) years.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways extends along 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers in the Ozark Highlands of southeastern Missouri. The rivers are administered in three zones or districts: the Upper Current, Jacks Fork, and Lower Current. The businesses will be located outside the park, but will be authorized by contract to provide commercial services within the boundary of Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Concessioners are assigned specific areas in which to operate. The businesses are seasonally operated, with the prime operating season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The shoulder season is typically April 15 through Memorial Day, and Labor Day through October 15.
The prospectus is available for review and downloading at: https://concessions.nps.gov/
Bound copies are available at the cost of $30 which covers the cost of printing and express delivery. If a bound copy is preferred, a check or money order (no cash or credit accepted) must be payable to the National Park Service and sent to Tracy Simmons, Concessions Management Specialist, National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. A delivery address must be provided. Telephone inquiries may be directed to 402-661-1750.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information, visit the park’s Facebook page,visit the park website at www.nps.gov/ozar, or phone (573) 323-4236.
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