Floating in the Ozarks

A group of kayakers pull onto the side of a river.
The Jacks Fork and upper Current River are our most popular floating destinations.

NPS Photo / Jessica Poppa


Ways to Float

There are two main ways to float the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers: renting equipment or bringing your own. "Equipment" includes everything needed to float: Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets. In this article, "watercraft" refers to canoes, kayaks, rafts, or tubes.

Renting equipment is the easiest and most popular way to float the river. Renting can be done through our "outfitters." These are officially licensed businesses that work with the National Park Service. They will put you in, provide you with all the equipment you need, and pick you up at the end of your adventure. Some outfitters will even pick you up at your campsite (or room) and return you afterwards.

Prices are competitive. Most outfitters also host small stores, where you can purchase snacks, drinks, sunscreen, river shoes, bait, and other necessities for a day on the water. Some businesses offer rafts and tubes in addition to canoes and kayaks. For information on the rental process, click the "Renting From An Outfitter" tab below.

If you have your own watercraft, you can use it free-of-charge! There are no fees for floating on the Current or Jacks Fork River within park boundaries. Just be sure to follow the rules of the river, including all state and federal regulations. Click the "Private Vessels" tab below for more information.



Click an outfitter name to visit their website. Call the associated phone number to make a reservation.

Akers Ferry Canoe Rental
(573) 858-3224
Harvey's Alley Spring Canoe Rental
(888) 963-5628
Big Spring Canoe Rental
(573) 323-8156
Carr's Canoe Rental
(800) 333-3956
Two Rivers Canoe Rental
(888) 833-4931
Current River Outfitters
(573) 323-8156
Current River Canoe Rental
(877) 858-3250
Windy's Canoe Rental
(886) 889-8177
Float Current River
(formerly Big Spring RV Camp)
(573) 323-8328
Jadwin Canoe Rental
(800) 937-4837 or
(573) 729-5229
Hawthorne Canoe Rental
(573) 323-8156
Round Spring Canoe Rental
(573) 729-5229
The Landing Canoe Rental
(573) 323-8156
Running River Canoe Rental
(800) 226-6394
Silver Arrow Canoe Rental
(800) 333-6040
Wild River Canoe Rental
(573) 729-5229
Two park rangers overlook the river from a cliff.
River Regulations

Keep yourself and others safe by following the rules of the river!

A park ranger floats in a river. Trees cover the background.
River Safety

Learn about safe floating on the riverways!

Two red canoes float in shallow water. There are two adults, two kids, and a dog.
Estimated Float Times

Plan the timing for your ideal float trip.

Two people stand wearing personal flotation devices, hats, and sunglasses.
Guided Tours

Guided floats are hosted by the Ozark Riverways Foundation, Missouri State Parks, and others.

A river flows towards a hill then curves out of view.
River Levels

Check river levels and stay safe in extreme conditions.


Rules and Expectations

When visiting the riverways, everyone must show respect for other floaters and the world around them. All state and federal laws apply, and disruptive or dangerous behavior are not tolerated in the park. We ask all visitors to read the park regulations before visiting.

For floating specifically, read the list of river rules below:


"The song of the river ends not at her banks but in the hearts of those who have loved her." - (Buffalo Joe)

Last updated: May 1, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


(573) 323-4236
Call (573) 323-4236 for Big Spring Entrance Station, located south of Van Buren, MO. Call (573) 226-3945 for the Alley Spring General Store, located west of Eminence, MO. Call (573) 858-3297 for Round Spring Ranger Station, located north of Eminence, MO.

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