Float Camp Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The newly renovated Float Camp Recreation Area is situated on the east bank of the Current River. It provides both a campground and setting for day use waterbased activities. The popular Float Camp day use area provides picnic sites, a pavillion and wading for up to 200 visitors. The Float Camp Camground is adjacent to the day use area. This is a large, open campground with little privacy screening between campsites. While there's not much solitude, but you'll enjoy level, roomy campsites and have a good opportunity to socialize with adjacent campers. Campground: 20 campsites, each with table, fire ring, and lantern post, including 8 with electrical hook-ups.. No individual water hook-up, but pressurized water system provides drinking water for campers. Trash cans or dumpsters and vault toilets are centrally located. No sewage disposal is available. Nightly fees are $12 per basic single campsite and $18 for a basic double campsite, with a 50% discount for anyone who has a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport, a Senior Pass, or an Access Pass. Electric sites are $20 for a single and $30 for a double. Picnic Area: covered picnic tables, fire grills, vault toilets, trash cans or dumpsters, and water access for wading. Drinking water is available. Several individual picnic sites provide a table and grill for picnicking under a shade tree. One group picnic area with a pavilion is available on a reservation basis. To reserve the group picnic pavilion, please call ReserveUSA toll-free: 1-877-444-6777 or visit the website: www.recreation.gov. Pavilion rental is $35/day. Day use fee for anyone not staying in the campground is $2 per standard vehicle, buses are $10, and season passes sell for $20, with a 50% discount for anyone who has a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport, a Senior Pass, or an Access Pass. Boating, canoeing, tubing: Hot summer days attract hundreds of weekend floaters. CAUTION! Current River is swift and has many snags that must be avoided. Wear life jackets! Swift current near Float Camp may be hazardous! No lifeguard is on duty. Swimming, wading, and water play: There is not a developed beach at Float Camp Recreation Area, but this is a popular area for wading and water play. The Forest Service does not provide lifeguards, post boundaries, test water quality, or measure water depth or current in this area. Anyone wishing to wade here needs to carefully consider the risks involved, and take steps to assure their own protection and that of other members of their party, particularly children. Fishing: Wade, bank and boat fishing permitted. Hiking: Woodchuck Trail is a half mile long trail connecting Float Camp Picnic Area with the campground. White Oak Trail is a 1.5-mile loop trail originating at the Float Camp Picnic Area's parking lot.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The recreation area is open April 1 through October 1.
Rentals & Guides: There are rental opportunities for rafts, canoes and tubes available from two outfitters to float the Current River located in Doniphan, Mo. KCs on the Current, 206 Jefferson St., Doniphan Mo. 63935. Telephone No. 573.996.7961 and Rocky River Resort, 304 W. Jefferson, Doniphan, Mo. 63935. Telephone No. 573.996.7171
Fees For the Campground there is a daily overnight fee of $12 per night for a single. There are no double campsites. For the day use area there is a daily parking fee of $2 per day for vehicles and $10 per day for buses. You may buy a seasonal parking pass at the Eleven Point Ranger District. The pavilion at the day use area has a rental fee of $35 per day. There is no reserve system for the campground or day use. The pavilion can be rented under the reserve system. There is a 50% discount for anyone with a Golden Age, Golden Access Passport, Senior Pass, or an Access Pass.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Campground: Fees will be paid at the fee tube provided. No group camping is available. Fireworks are prohibited. Quiet hours between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am should be observed. Campsite parking allows for two vehicles per site. More specific restrictions are located on the provided recreation bulletin boards. Park only in designated parking areas. 
Closest Towns: Doniphan, Missouri.
Water: Pressurized Drinking Water System
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: KCs on the Current, 206 Jefferson St., Doniphan, MO 63935, Telephone No. 573-996-7961 under permit.

General Information

Directions: Located approximately 5 miles north of Doniphan, Mo. From State Highway 160 take County Road Y heading north for approximately 5 miles. Take a left onto Forest Road 3210. Continue down FR 3210, veer to the left to go to Float Camp Campground or veer to the right to go to Float Camp Day Use area.


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Campground Camping

Overnight camping along the Current River which includes the following amenities: river access, hiking trail, vault toilet, picnic tables, firerings and lantern posts. Electrical hook ups available at some campsites. Pressurized water available within campground; no idividual hookup available.

Reservation Info Pavilion is available to reserve at www.recreation.gov
Fire Information Fire is permitted in constructed containers (firerings) only. 
No. of Sites 20
No. of Accessible sites 20

RV Camping

Can accommodated up to 40' RVs, (some sites accommodate up to 60" total vehicle and trailer lenght). No elctrical hookups available. Presurized water available within campground; no individual hookups availalbe.

Reservation Info Pavilion is available to reserve at www.recreation.gov
Fire Information Fire is permitted in constructed containers (firerings) only.
No. of Sites 20
No. of Accessible sites 20


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  Elevation : 
The elevation is approximately 340 feet in elevation.