Summer Visitor Information

A group of park rangers walk towards Alley Mill.
Summer is the busiest season in the riverways for a good reason: Camping, paddling, swimming, ranger programs, and the great outdoors await you along two of the finest freshwater rivers in North America.

NPS Photo / Wil Marischen


Experience the Current and Jacks Fork rivers!

As temperatures rise, the cool waters of the Ozarks call out to visitors nationwide. Affordable camping and floating options make summer our most popular season.

The change of season means the return of full campground services, extended visitor center hours, and increased activity throughout the park. Keep reading for more information and trip ideas.

A white camper van sits in a grass field. A smoky haze rises from the campfire.
Pulltite Campground is one of many beautiful locations along the Current River.

NPS Photo / Wil Marischen

Camping Information

The park offers a variety of campground options throughout the year. Larger, developed campgrounds have showers and electric hookups for RVs. Backcountry and primitive campgrounds offer less amenities, but they provide more secluded camping - far off the beaten path. For information on specific campgrounds, please call our park headquarters at (573) 323-4236 ext#0.

Most developed campground sites can be reserved up to six months in advance. Reservations can only be made through or by calling (877) 444-6777.

All back-country sites (along with select developed sites) are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. For these sites, camping fees must be paid in cash upon arrival. Please bring exact change; registration is self-paid and there is no opportunity to get change at the campgrounds. For more information on sites and fees, please visit our camping information page.

Note: Cluster and group campsites are non-electric.
Front-country / "Developed" Campsites # of Campers Price per Night
Standard Non-electric 6 $20
Standard Electric 6 $30
Cluster 7 - 20 $45
Group 15 - 45 $140
Note: All back-country campsites are non-electric.
Back-country Campsites # of Campers Price per Night
Standard 6 $10
Cluster 7 - 20 $25
Group 15 - 45 $65

Two people stand on a gravel bar wearing sunglasses and PFDs.
Float trips are a perfect way to beat the heat while enjoying the great outdoors.

Courtesy of Wil Marischen

Floating Information

Due to the spring-fed nature of the Current and Jack Fork Rivers, the riverways are floatable year-round. The rivers stay around ~57 degrees throughout summer, meaning the water can keep you cool on even the most scorching days.

In spring, the hills and hollows of Missouri sprout with pastel flowers and bright leaf buds. By summer, the mesmerizing blue rivers are lined with every imaginable shade of green. Whether you're diving into the water or just dipping your toes, the Current and Jacks Fork rivers offer an unforgettable experience.

Ready to hit the river? Visit our floating page for information on rentals, services, and safe floating tips.

A man shines a flashlight on a large cluster of stalactites.
Round Spring Cave tours are limited to groups of 15 people each, letting you enjoy the cave in all its glory.

NPS Photo / Kevin Tarbet

Round Spring Cave Tours

During the summer season, Round Spring Cave opens up for daily guided tours. Small groups travel one-at-a-time, allowing for an intimate experience. For more information, visit the cave's page or call Round Spring Ranger Station at (573) 858-3297.

Tours last 60-90 minutes and explore the amazing world beneath our feet. Topics include geology, hydrology, “karst” topography, and life in caves. All of this takes place in one of the most spectacular caves in the Midwest!

Hiking Information

While hiking is most popular in fall or winter, a cool spring day can make for a lovely hike. There are a variety of trails to choose from, touring historic landscapes, unique geology, and old-growth forests. For more information and tips on hiking in the Ozarks, visit our hiking page.

A rustic entrance station stands along the edge of a roadway. An oak forest towers in the background.
Ranger Stations are a great place to discuss plans and learn more about the park.

NPS Photo / Shaun Heise

Visitor Centers

Alley Mill

Open starting Memorial Day Weekend, 9 am - 5 pm daily. Closed for the season after October 31.

Alley General Store

Open starting Memorial Day Weekend, 9 am - 5 pm daily. Closed for the season after October 31. The store can be reached during normal business hours at (573) 226-3945.

Big Spring Entrance Station

Open starting Memorial Day Weekend, 8:30 am - 5 pm daily. Only open Monday through Friday after October 31. The Entrance Station can be reached by phone during normal hours at (573) 323-0497 or (573) 323-4326.

Round Spring Ranger Station

Open starting Memorial Day Weekend, 9 am - 5 pm daily. Closed for the season after October 31. Round Spring Ranger Station can be reached by phone during normal hours at (573) 858-3297.

Pulltite Ranger Station

Open intermittently during the summer season. For hours of operation, call (573) 858-3397.

Passport Stamping Stations

24-hour passport stamping stations are available on the front porch of the Big Spring Entrance Station and on the screened porch of the Alley General Store.


The riverways are host to numerous areas of natural and cultural significance. Visit our Places To Go page or call one of our visitor centers for recommendations.

Park Regulations

Learn all about our park regulations, outlining the do's and don'ts of Ozark National Scenic Riverways. For questions or clarifications, please call the park at (573) 323-4236.

Last updated: April 10, 2024

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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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