Summer Visitor Information

a mom and her kids in a kayak on the river
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

Headquarters Visitor Center at 404 Watercress Drive, Van Buren MO. OPEN, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alley General Store Visitor Center. Currently CLOSED
Open Memorial Day-End of October 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Alley Spring Mill. OPEN
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more.

Round Spring Visitor Center. Currently Closed
Open Memorial Day-Labor Day 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Round Spring Cave. Currently Closed
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: June 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


(573) 323-4236

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