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A June 2006 trip to Ozark by Jose Kevo

Blue Spring Photo, Ozark, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Show you the Show Me State's best natural treasure? Look no further than The Ozark National Scenic Riverways; the National Park you've never heard of!

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The sign says it all... Photo, Ozark, Missouri
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Tucked away in the bosom of Missouri, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways are draped along the Current and Jack's Fork rivers. When travelers need recommendations for passing through my neck of the woods, I never hesitate mentioning these hidden treasures. Especially, if they're prone towards outdoor recreation, historical significance, or have esteem for nature. Brochures herald that "The Current River is the nation's number one float stream....Read More

Pulltite Campground

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Hotel

Pulltite Campground Photo, Ozark, Missouri
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Whatever part of the river you choose to float should determine location of where you decide to stay, especially for campers. Pulltite Campground served our purpose with convenient access to the Upper Current. This is one of seven riverside facilities maintained by the National Park Services.Pulltite has 55 individual campsites and three group settings which are limited to 45 persons per site. The campground is geared for tent campers, though trailers and motorhomes are welcome. There is no dump station. Campsites are spacious and come with picnic table and fire pit. The attached-grill had adjustable leve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Pulltite Campground
Route Ee, 4-miles Off Highway 19
Ozarks, Missouri
(877) 444-6667

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

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Hotel | "Akers Ferry to Pulltite float"

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Photo, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
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Our float between Akers Ferry and Pulltite campground was a perfect introduction to canoeing on the Upper Current. The course extends approximately 10-miles, and can be completed anywhere between 3 to 6 hours. Depending upon experience determines whether this segment would be considered moderate or easy.The river is mostly narrow and shallow through this section which increases speed of the current. Minimal steering was required to keep from getting swept under low-lying limbs, and for navigating sharp bends. Otherwise, drifting with little directional effort is quite manageable....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Van Buren, MO

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

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Attraction | "Pulltite to Round Spring float"

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Photo, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
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Listed as the area's most popular canoe trip, this 9-mile stretch is recommended for beginners and the less-inclined of all ages. The river follows more of a direct course. Overall, water conditions are wider and deeper which creates a slower current. Expect to do more mobility paddling than with the previous stretch. Depending upon effort, this float takes between 3 to 6 hours.The inexperienced will find obstacles. Rootwads are clusters of trees washed-away during flooding. When these obstruct channels, the current tends to pull towards the exposed limbs. Nothing will entrap and sink a canoe quicker. Otherwise, it should be smooth sailing!...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Van Buren, MO

Round Spring

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Attraction

Round Spring Photo, Ozark, Missouri
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Centrally located, Round Spring attracts the largest number of visitors thanks to accessibility. It's rather average compared to the region's larger springs, but still a convenient opportunity that shouldn't be missed.Tucked-away within a deep pocket of forest, what distinguishes Round Spring is its cavernous formation inside a large sinkhole. Water seeps through a small crevice, draining into Spring Valley Creek before feeding the nearby Current River.An overhead trail loops the Spring for peering down into the serene waters which transform in hues ba...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Round Spring
Highway 19
Ozarks, Missouri

Alley Spring and Mill

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Attraction

Alley Spring and Mill Photo, Eminence, Missouri
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Gracing travel brochures for as long as I can remember, historic Alley Spring and Mill is one of Missouri's most photographed treasures. Archaeologist proof has determined this area was attracting visitors 10,000 years ago. Today's significance stems from the mid-1800s community which settled in the river valley.The walking tour begins at a cluster of information and photo displays. Split-rail fences hem a central lawn which contains the restored school and blacksmith shop, playing second fiddle to the main attractions.Crossing over a s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Alley Spring and Mill
Highway 106 6 Miles West Of Eminence
Eminence, Missouri

Blue Spring

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Attraction

Blue Spring Photo, Ozark, Missouri
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Of the three larger springs visited, Blue Spring was my favorite thanks to an exquisite combination of natural highlights. It ranks as Missouri's 8th largest spring, but tops any list for resplendence. Colorful perspectives are projected from the basin's 310-foot depth. Grandeur was magnified on our late afternoon appearance with sunlight piercing through the trees.As another lifeline of the Current River, Blue Spring's daily output is 87-million gallons. Waters surge from the secluded, inland location along a crystal clear stream. Moss-covered r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Blue Spring
Highway 106
Eminence, Missouri

The Entertainer

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Story/Tip

Idler to the Rescue Photo, Ozark, Missouri
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They say that "idle hands are the devil's workshop". So what better way to foil temptation than by picking up a canoe paddle, and go idling down the river with IGO's Idler? When Idler mentioned she was heading my way, opportunity knocked to enjoy—camping and canoeing. Basically, I made a few recommendations, and Idler the avid travel planner took care of the rest.Avid travel planner, eh? I like that. Very diplomatic of you, Kevo. What you mean is that I’m anal-retentive about planning every little last detail. One of IGO's cyber highlights has been meeting like-minded travelers. After several years acquaintance through journals, emails, and paths almost crossing, we'd fi...Read More

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Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri

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