Missouri's Current River


Most spring-fed of all the Ozark rivers, the Current River may be floated at almost any time of the year, particularly below Welch Spring. It seldom freezes over and has been a favorite for the annual New Year's float of one large group of Missouri canoeists. Due to the increase in size of the river and the frequency of motor boats below Big Spring, most canoe trips are made on the sections above Big Spring. In normal water, it is a very safe river with no sections which could properly be termed rapids.
Difficulty: I, occasionally II.
Gradients: General -- 4.4; Montauk to Akers Ferry -- 8.7; to junction of Jacks Fork -- 5;
to Big Spring -- 3.8; to Doniphan -- 3.2.
Quadrangles: Montauk, Cedargrove, Lewis Hollow, Round Spring, Eminence, Cardareva, Van Buren, Grandin, Doniphan.
Counties: Dent, Shannon, Carter, Ripley.

0.0 Montauk State Park: camping, meals, lodging, fish hatchery, trout fishing, springs. No access.
0.9 Tan Vat access.
2.1 Baptist Camp Access.
4.3 Ashley Creek on right.
7.5 Parker Hollow on left, fed by Schafer Spring 1.2 miles upstream.
9.0 Cedargrove: low-water bridge, campground, put-in.
9.9 Big Creek on right.
12.6 Medlock Cave and Spring on right. Cave contains lake. Entrance good shelter.
13.7 Welch Spring and Cave on left. Cave stream and lakes have been traversed by canoe. Spring sixth largest in state.
16.7 Akers Ferry (Hwy. K) and put-in. Good camp area upstream from ferry on left. Large sinkholes known as "The Sunkland" and "Burr Oak Basin," 3 to 4 miles south of Akers, may be reached on foot via Lewis and Hieronymus Hollows. See Lewis Hollow topographic map.
18.8 Lewis Hollow on right (at ford).
21.9 Cave Spring and campground on left. water at back of cave is 120 feet deep and comes from Devil's Well via nearby Wallace Well Cave. Devil's Well, a sinkhole more than 200 feet deep and partly filled with water, is one mile north of Cave Spring.
24.2 Rock House Cave on right. A meander of a cave, cut off by the deepening river valley, it is now more like a natural bridge than a cave and makes a good shelter.
26.2 Pulltite Spring and branch on right. Just below this beautiful spring and branch, on the same side of the river, are several other minor but interesting springs, one of which is the "Fire Hydrant Spring" gushing from a small cave in the bluff. In the next three miles there are several good gravel bars for campsites.
28.0 Boyds Creek on right. Possible campsites in this area.
31.2 Alton Club on left.
33.7 Sinkin Creek enters on left. By putting in at The Sinks, where the creek takes a short-cut through a hill via a cave, 6.5 miles of the creek can be floated in good water. Gradient is 10 feet per mile.
35.2 Round Spring. Camping, large spring, Round Spring Caverns, take-out or put-in.
43.5 Big Creek enters on left. Campsites.
45.7 Bee Bluff and campsite. Bluff on left, gravel bar on right at south bend of river. "Bee Bluff" is incorrectly located a mile south of this point on the Eminence topographic quadrangle.
52.1 Ebb and Flow Spring, reached by walking one-quarter mile up creek on left.
52.5 Jacks Fork River. Point locally known as "Two Rivers."
53.3 Ferry and take-out.
57.2 Blair Creek on left.
59.7 Hwy. 106 Bridge. Old ferry site just downstream. Access downstream 0.1 mile.
61.0 Blue Spring, ninth largest in the state, has deepest blue color. Reached by a one-quarter mile walk up its branch on the left.
64.1 Rocky Creek enters on right. The Fall of Rocky Creek, 3 miles southwest of this point, are a scenic attraction of the area.
67.1 Spring on left.
67.6 Carr Creek and Cardareva Mountain on left.
70.0 Log Yard on left. Access, camp.
71.8 Beal Landing on left. Access.
73.5 Paint Rock Bluff and Gravel Spring. The spring flows from a gravel bar on the left.
78.7 Chilton Creek on right. Spring 0.5 mile up branch.
82.5 Pine Valley Creek (also called Henpeck Creek) on left.
84.5 Bass Rock on left.
85.3 Watercress Park (Forest Service) on left. Access from Hwy. 60 in Van Buren. Camping.
85.9 Van Buren (U.S. Hwy 60) Bridge. Stores, meals, lodging. Take-out.
90.2 Big Spring. Camping, meals, lodging, access. One of the largest springs in the world.
94.5 Clubhouse Landing. Camping. Access from Hwy. 60 over rough road.
98.8 Hickory Landing. Access from Hwy. E at Hunter. Cave Spring-Jordan Spring Branch on left. Jordan Spring, 0.5 mile and Cave Spring, 1 mile up branch.
99.0 Catarac Landing on right. Access only. Access from Van Buren, Hwy. 103 to Hwy. Z and 2 miles of gravel below blacktop.
101.3 Panther Spring up small hollow on right.
104.2 Bog Hollow. Phillips Bay and Spring on right. Spring about 0.25 mile from river. Favorite campsite.
105.2 Gooseneck campground on right. Access.
106.8 Forest Service campground on left. Bagamaw Bay on right. Limited access road.
108.7 Big Barren Creek on right. Twin Springs 0.75 mile up creek.
111.5 Cedar Creek on left. Forest Service campsite in this area.
113.8 Buffalo Creek on right.
114.0 Compton Camp. Forest Service campsites, on right.
119.8 Deer Leap Forest Service access ramp and parking area (east bank).
120.3 Float Camp No. 7 (U.S. Forest Service) on left.
121.3 Dun Roven unimproved access and swimming beach on right (west).
124.8 Doniphan. U.S. Hwy. 160 Bridge. Stores, meals, lodging, take-out.
125.0 MDC Doniphan and T.C. Wright Memorial access (two concrete ramps) on east bank.
126.2 City park on left.
130.8 Big Island.
136.0 Goose Lake, a lake-like pool of the river.
137.3 Missouri-Arkansas state line.
139.0 Current View. Private take-out.

SOURCE: Missouri Department of Conservation (electronic reprint)


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