Fun Rivers and Springs

The Ozark National "scenic riverways" was the nations first "Scenic Riverways" with over 134 miles of Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. The rivers are largely spring fed with 7 major springs and an additional 51 smaller springs. In the park there are over 300-recorded caves, 196 of species of birds, 112 species of fish and 58 species of mammals.

The Current River is the #1 rated Canoe-Camping River in the US and one of the most scenic in the nation. It was the first river in American to become a National River Way. What sets it apart from the other rivers is the amazing volumes of water the springs provide. It is a Class I and occasionally a Class II River.

The Jacks Fork River has been called "One of the Worlds 10 most scenic floating/fishing streams" by Life Magazine. It is one of the wildest and most scenic rivers with massive cliffs and clear roaring water. It is a Class I / II River.

Springs

The Eminence area is the home to many amazing springs that rank among the worlds largest!

Big Spring -

The largest spring in Missouri and the largest fresh water spring in the US with a flow of 278 million gallons a day. The view is incredible with its stunning bubbling waters and the 100-foot rock bluff backdrop.

Round Spring - A beautiful site, with two-hour lantern tours provided daily during the summer.
 
Blue Spring - One of Missouri’s deepest springs with clear waters that flow from a very deep cave shaft.
 
Welch Spring - 5th largest spring in Missouri and at one time was a trout fishing resort.
 
Pulltite Spring - Has a daily flow of 38 million gallons a day, with a historic cabin for you to explore, which you have to boat or wade across to access. 
 

Cave Spring -

Located on the Current River, you can canoe into the cave!  A favorite fishing, picnicking and a canoe rest spot.
 

Alley Springs -

Beautiful turquoise water with a 100-year-old mill, you can tour during the summer.   Easy to walk to and one of the Ozarks most famous landmarks.
 
Devils Well - This is a sinkhole opening into a underground lake larger than a football field.  A steep gravel road takes you down to a viewing platform where you can see the water thru a window.
 
Jam Up Cave -   Incredible site with the entrance over 8 stories tall and over 1000-feet across with a path taking you up to the cave.  Due to the perfect conditions for preservation there are plant species in the cave that have-not been seen anywhere in the Ozarks since the last Ice Age.  Access is by canoe from the Jacks Fork River
 

Akers Ferry -

The last ferry operating in the Scenic Riverways and has been ferrying people across the Current River for over 50 years.  The ferry operates only during the daylight hours and is $4 per vehicle.
 
Two Rivers -  A beautiful spot east of Eminence where the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers meet. Popular put-in and take-out spot for canoe enthusiasts.


Fishing
The trophy trout section of the Current River extends from Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove Camp Ground. Rainbow and brown trout, some exceeding 8 lbs., are caught from this section every year.

On the Jack Forks River, the 25 miles from 17 Bridge to Hwy 106 Bridge at Alley Springs has been designated as a trophy Small Mouth Bass area by the Missouri Conservation Department.

Hunting
The hunting in the area is great with an abundance of white tailed deer, wild turkeys, ducks, quail, and other small game. Check the MO Dept of Conservation for licenses and hunting seasons.