Summer Visitor Information

For campground reservations please visit or by phone (877) 444-6777 or via our website here.

A clear blue river with rock bluffs of dolomite and green trees lining. A group of paddlers in kayaks are headed downstream in front of the camera. A cloudy blue sky is above.
The park has two class I rivers that can be paddled a total distance of 134 miles.

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Summer is the busiest season in the riverways, for good reason. Camping, paddling, swimming and the great outdoors await you along two of the finest fresh water streams in North America.


Visitor Information Centers and Ranger Programs:

Need more information or wish to speak with a Ranger? call 1-573-323-4236 ext 0

Alley General Store Visitor Center.

Open Memorial Day-End of October 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Alley Spring Mill.

Open May 26-October 31 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays)(9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays) Learn more.

Round Spring Cave.

Open Memorial Day- Labor Day: Tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Learn more.
Evening Ranger Campfire Programs are available at Big Spring, Round Spring, Pulltite, Alley Spring and Two Rivers campgrouds on weekends throughout the summer.

Kid's Ranger Programs are available on Sunday mornings at most developed campgrounds.

Several Special Events are hosted in the riverways throughout the summer, learn more.

Know before you go:

Learn all about park regulations outlining the do's and don'ts in a National Park.

Camping Information:

All reservations for family sites, cluster sites, group sites, electric sites and pavilions can be made online through or by calling 877-444-6777. We do not make reservations over the phone by calling any other number than the one listed above.


The riverways has numerous scenic areas, natural areas and places of awe inspiring views.

Last updated: March 24, 2023

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


573 323-4236

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