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This rugged forest and old fields area has a hiking trail and 25 miles of field roads open to horseback riders. It also offers access to the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. The 39,325-acre area is north of Eminence and extends 15 miles west to near Summersville. It can be accessed by Routes 19 and 106, or Route D.
On average, more than 278 million gallons of water flow from Big Spring each day, making it one of America's largest springs.
Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. Four miles south of Van Buren.
The spring, which is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, feeds the Current River.
The stone and wood lodge was built in the 1930s. Food is served in a beautiful stone dining room, overlooking Big Spring and the Current River. Big Spring is one of America's largest springs.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, a quick lunch and a relaxing supper.
There are 14 rustic cabins for rent on-site.
This motel features large double rooms.
Family-friendly camping with large RV sites with 30/50-amp electric, water and sewer; swimming beaches, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Tent sites are available.
The air-conditioned recreation room includes video games, pool tables, board games, a laundry room, a convenience store, firewood, ice and a bathhouse. There is a shaded upper deck overlooking the Current River.
River cabins are available; they have cable TV, central air, complete kitchens, two grills, fire pits and covered porches with tables and chairs.
Located on the banks of the Current River, one-quarter mile south of Van Buren. Tube rentals and float trips available.
We offer a country, rural setting in the Ozark forested hills. All 76 sites have cable TV (61 channels). Facilities include: level sites with room for your slide-outs and tows; a propane station; laundry facilities. Daily, weekly and extended stay rates. We have camping with convenience in mind.
Come enjoy the area and make us a convenient overnight stop. Food and car rental deliver to sites. Visit our website for more information and photos.
Some restrictions of pet breeds.
Experience fun and adventure in southeast Missouri. We offer lots of fun, including, among other activities: delving into the mysterious underground realm of Current River Cavern; flying through the trees at high speed on our zipline courses; gem and fossil panning; a quarry dig; a mineral and fossil museum; a nature center.
Open May-September. Check our website for details, schedules and prices.
A 65-unit hotel with interior corridors, free local calls and free hot breakfast featuring pancakes, biscuits and gravy and our famous cinnamon rolls.
Current River Cavern is an extremely well-decorated cave with a wide variety of natural formations. A natural stream flows beneath the boardwalk, and a small waterfall can be seen from a side passage after heavy rains. The temperature inside is a constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
We use remote-controlled, battery powered LED lights that give off a restricted light spectrum that does not disturb the cave life or promote algae growth (which can damage formations).
The last tour starts at 4:30 p.m. Guided 40 minute tours, include the on-site Mineral and Fossil Museum and Nature Center. The tour ends with a climb of 36 steps back to the surface.
Cave Spring Park offers a number of activities, including multiple ziplines, gem and fossil panning, or a quarry dig.
Cave tours: $12. Group discounts offered for school, church and Scout field trips.
Visit our website for details.
Open May thru September.
This is a predominantly forest area. Facilities/features include: a picnic area, fishing jetties, Buford Pond (three acres, fishable), Blue Springs Natural Area (17 acres), Cardareva Bluff Natural Area (95 aces), and a permanent stream (Current River). The main tract of the Current River Conservation Area is three miles west of Ellington on Route 106. There are three entrances: one is located three miles west of Ellington on Route 106; another is located on South Road in Ellington; the other is located on Reynolds County Road 626.
Plan your family or group vacation, retreat, leadership seminar, or wilderness adventure with us. We offer lodges and campsites; an intimate setting; catered meals; retreat, trip, or vacation planning; a variety of activities; and a Christ-focused staff.
Adventures may include canoeing, caving, orienteering, climbing, rope courses, 7- to 14-day wilderness trips and other special activities.
This area contains 2,400 acres of wetlands, plus forests and some cropland. This is a waterfowl hunting area, established in conjunction with Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
Facilities include: four boat ramps,; boat rentals; a boat dock; primitive camping; six fishing jetties; and an 1,800-acre lake. The main entrance is nine miles north of Puxico, on Route 51.
This area is east of Bloomfield on Route E, then two miles south on County Road 517. This area is mostly forest (770 acres total), but also has 20 wildlife food plots (30 acres total), five native warm-season grass fields (60 acres total) and 101 acres of old fields. Facilities/features include: an archery range, camping, a pavilion, Holly Ridge, and Beech Springs natural areas (sand forests with acid seeps and springs).
One stop destination for tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting the lower Current River. One-hour to three-day trips available for beginners and experts.
All of our floats begin up-river and end at The Landing. Park your vehicle at The Landing and leave the rest to us; we transport you to your point of entry. This allows you to enjoy your float with no set take-out time or deadlines to meet and no waiting for transportation back to your car.
Camping, lodging, and a restaurant are available.
Cave Spring Park offers fun and adventure in the treetops with Light Speed Ziplines where you experience epic excitement up to 60 feet off the ground. We have two zipline courses: a single zip course with a sky bridge for kids and small adults; and a three zip course which includes two sky bridges and a tree house ladder, for adults and older kids. Last zip begins at 4:30 p.m.
Cave Spring Park offers a number of activities, including, among other attractions: cave tours; mineral and fossil museum; a nature center; gem and fossil panning; quarry dig.
Check our website for details, schedules and fees.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is America’s first congressionally designated national park for the preservation of a wild river system. The park encompasses more than 80,000 acres around two of America’s clearest and most beautiful spring-fed rivers: the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork River.
These rivers flow through pristine Ozark countryside, along towering bluffs and beside open pasturelands. Camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, exploring and just plain relaxing are the name of the game here. The park is famous as an area of exceptional caves and springs; more than 300 of each are known to exist in the park.
NOTE: The address shown and the location shown on the map are for the park's administrative headquarters.
This area is predominantly forest with nearly 1,500 acres in glades, along with old fields, savanna, cropland and some wetlands. Facilities/features include: primitive camping, picnic areas, a firearms range, viewing deck, two deer/turkey blinds, one intermittent stream and four Natural Areas (Grassy Pond, Goldenseal, Stegall Mountain and Mule Hollow). Go five miles east of Winona on Route H, then seven miles east on gravel in Shannon County.
A three-story, 56-room lodge on the Current River. Each room has a balcony with Adirondack chairs where you can sit and enjoy a view of the river. Two- and three-bedroom suites with kitchens are available. The Blue Heron Restaurant is on the premises. The River Store (on-site) is a one-stop outfitter for canoe, tube, kayak and raft floats.
We have 49 campsites, six with electricity, on the banks of the Current River. Group sites are available.
Cave tours are offered during the summer. Rangers offer free campfire programs on summer weekends.
Camping reservations can be made at www.Recreation.gov.
A part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
This is a family retreat on the banks of the beautiful Current River. Campsites for tents and RVs are available right on the riverbank; also, we have rental campers for those who like to camp with the comforts of home. We have accessible restrooms with hot showers.
Mini-golf is included. Swim in the river at our sandy beach, and in the swimming pool, which includes a small splash playground.
Visit our store for all the basics, including: sodas; s'mores supplies; wood; ice cream; shaved ice; and freshly baked pizza. Treat yourself to canoeing; tubing; kayaking; rafting; fishing and hiking.
In the mid-1800s, Father John Hogan (an Irish priest) lead a group of Irish immigrants to this area, desiring to escape oppression in St. Louis. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate soldiers raided the settlement. After the war, Father Hogan and his group had mysteriously disappeared; nothing remains.
Encompassing 16,277 acres of dense forest and undulating topography, The Irish is Missouri's largest Wilderness Area, where outdoor enthusiasts find hiking and backpacking opportunities and primitive camping. You’ll find sinkholes; streams that disappear below ground only to reappear downstream; bluffs; and breathtaking views of the Eleven Point River.
From the Camp Five Pond Trailhead, the Whites Creek Trail (rated moderate) weaves its way through hardwood forest, dry creek beds, springs, glades, grasslands and hillsides for a distance of 18.6 miles to the Eleven Point River. Along the Eleven Point you will find Whites Creek Cave. Horses are permitted. Motorized/mechanized vehicles are not allowed. At Camp Five Pond Trailhead there is a picnic area and a vault toilet. Check the area’s website for details, a map, and restrictions.
The U.S. Congress designated the Irish Wilderness in 1984. (Note: In 1968, a 44.4-mile portion of the Eleven Point River was one of eight U.S. rivers originally listed in the National Wild and Scenic River System.)
Two crucial rules: 1> Do Not Carry in Your Own Firewood! (Moving firewood around the country spreads forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth.) 2> On and near any waterway, glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers are prohibited by Missouri law.
Note: the address and phone shown are for the Mark Twain National Forest office responsible for this wilderness area; however, the map pointer indicates the approximate location of the Wilderness Area.
Fully furnished three-bedroom house, linens provided; sleeps eight. Fully equipped kitchen. Bring your own food. Barbecue grill and picnic table. There is no phone.
Located on Route 21, four miles south of Ellington; 15 miles from Van Buren. Very private; not close to neighbors. The house is on 67 acres. Explore the Ozarks by day and relax at night in the comfort of this home.
Quiet, wooded campground at the confluence of the Current River and the Jacks Fork River. There are 19 individual sites that accommodate two tents and six persons. First come, first served. Two group sites accommodate 45 people each.
The group sites cannot accommodate recreational vehicles. No electrical or water hookups. Reservations can be made at www.Recreation.gov.
This is the official website of the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association. The association is a not-for-profit organization of paddlesports outfitters, dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources. We strive to protect the safety of customers by promoting our sport through education about safety and skills of paddling.
The site provides information about Missouri's rivers and floatable streams; displays ads from members; includes a directory of members (with links to their websites); and has a detailed map of floatable rivers.
The Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association is a volunteer organization and does not have an actual headquarters. The physical address provided is not affiliated with a single canoe outfitter or campground. Please visit the association website for a list of outfitters.
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