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Ozark National Scenic Riverway
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Ozark National Scenic Riverway © Kbh3rd / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Ozark National Scenic Riverway © Kbh3rd / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Round Spring is approximately 55 feet deep, rising in a nearly circular pool of water before flowing under a natural bridge to join the Current River of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri. On an average day, some 26 million gallons 98 million liters of water flow from the spring.1
Ozark National Scenic Riverway © NPS staff / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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404 Watercress Road
Van Buren, Missouri   63965
(lat:37.1224 lon:-91.2049) map location

Phone: 573-323-4236
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Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system. The Current and Jacks Fork rivers are two of the finest floating rivers you'll find anywhere. Spring-fed, cold and clear they are a delight to canoe, swim, boat or fish. Besides these two famous rivers, the park is home to hundreds of freshwater springs, caves, trails and historic sites such as Alley Mill.
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1. Ozark National Scenic Riverway offers numerous swimming spots along the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.
2. Popular swim areas include Big Spring, Alley Spring, Round Spring, Pulltite Springs and Welch's Point.
3. Many visitors enjoy swimming near river campgrounds like Akers Ferry Canoe Rental or Two Rivers Campground.
4. The rivers' clear waters are perfect for cooling off during hot summer days in Missouri's wilderness setting.
5. Swimming is allowed throughout most of the park unless otherwise posted; always check local regulations before diving in!
6. The water can be cold even on warm days due to springs feeding into these rivers so prepare accordingly.
7. Swimming at your own risk as there are no lifeguards present within this national scenic riverway area.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities, with rentals available from local outfitters or bring your own. Motorized boats are also allowed on the rivers but must adhere to certain restrictions regarding size and horsepower depending upon which part of the river they're used in. Rafting is another option, although it's less common due to slower water speeds compared to other rafting destinations.
In Missouri, anglers can enjoy fishing in pristine rivers and streams. The waters are home to smallmouth bass and goggle-eye rock bass. Other species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, longear sunfish as well as catfish varieties like channel catfish and flathead catfish.

Fly-fishing enthusiasts will appreciate the trout populations found within these waterways; rainbow trout is particularly abundant due to regular stocking efforts by local hatcheries.

Fishing regulations vary depending on location so it's important for visitors to check current rules before casting a line.

1. Ozark National Scenic Riverway offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills near the river.
2. Picnic at Alley Spring, a popular spot featuring beautiful spring views.
3. Enjoy picnicking by Big Spring, one of America's largest springs.
4. Round Springs area provides serene spots for family picnics amidst nature's beauty.
5. Two Rivers is an ideal location to enjoy riverside meals while watching wildlife activity in Missouri's outdoors.

Biking opportunities are abundant in this scenic Missouri location. However, cyclists should be aware of certain restrictions and guidelines.

The park offers several multi-use trails suitable for biking. These paths provide a chance to explore the area's natural beauty while getting some exercise.

However, it is important to note that bikes are not allowed on all trails within the park boundaries. Always check signage or consult with rangers before setting off on your ride.

Cyclists must also adhere strictly to trail etiquette rules which include yielding right-of-way when necessary and maintaining safe speeds at all times.

Off-road cycling can present challenges due its rugged terrain so caution is advised especially during wet conditions as surfaces may become slippery.

Lastly, always wear protective gear such as helmets and knee pads for safety purposes since accidents can occur even under ideal circumstances.
Bird watchers can enjoy spotting over 200 species, including bald eagles and wild turkeys. The park offers guided birding tours for enthusiasts to learn more about the local avifauna. Birders are also encouraged to participate in annual events like Christmas Bird Count.

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The Headquarters for Ozark National Scenic Riverways is located at 404 Watercress Drive in Van Buren, Missouri. It's located at the corner of Watercress Drive and Main Street, across the street from the Van Buren Public School complex.

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