North Fork Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
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Floating the North Fork of the White River

North Fork Recreation Area provides camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking and fishing access to the beautiful North Fork of the White River, which has a total of nine major springs flowing into it. Two of its largest springs are Big Springs and Blue Spring, which contribute some 18 million gallons of cold, clear water every day. North Fork Recreation Area serves as trailhead for the 35-mile long Ridge Runner National Recreation Trail and the Blue Spring Trail.

There will be renovations to the day use portion of the recreation area beginning summer of 2016.  A new launch will be constructed and the current launch site/water play area will be reconfigured.  There could be short-term closures as a result of the renovation.  Please check the Mark Twain National Forest website or call the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs District office for the current information relative to closures of the area.  Thank you for your patience while we improve the North Fork Recreation Area.    Thank you.

Solicitation # AG-64R4-S-16-0009 for this project is now on FedBizOpps.gov.  All information regarding this solicitation is on FedBizOpps.gov.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: North Fork Recreational Area is open seasonally 5/15-12/1 (no water after 10/15), including day use area (river access and picnic area).  Gate will be closed at CC Highway from 12/1 – 3/1.  Walk in traffic welcome at this time for day use only - NO CAMPING ALLOWED during this time. Day Use:  6:00 AM - 10:00 PM.  Campground is for Campers only.  Quite Hours: 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM; Check out time: 2:00 PM
Rentals & Guides: Dawt's Mill/Ozark Mills Carriage Co.; Lost Cabins Resort; Petit's Canoe Rental; River of Life; Riverside Canoe Rental; Sunburst Ranch Canoe Rental; Twin Bridges Canoe Rental
Fees Campground nightly fees are $10.00/nonelectric; $15.00/electric; Day Use Area Fees: $2.00 per vehicle; $10.00 per bus.
Permit Info: Annual day use parking permits available for $20.00 at the Ava Ranger District, 417-683-4428 (M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Drinking water  available May 15 through October 15. During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects, poison ivy and high temperatures. NO Lifeguards on duty.
Closest Towns: West Plains, Dora
Water: Pressurized Drinking Water System
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest

General Information

Directions:

From West Plains, MO take State Route CC west 16 miles. From Highway 181 just south of Dora, MO take State Route CC 3 miles east.


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RV Camping

Sites are most suitable for small travel trailers, but  some can accommodate up to 34' RVs. One campsite has electricity available. No water and sewer hookups available at this location.

There will be renovations to the day use portion of the recreation area beginning summer of 2016.  A new launch will be constructed and the current launch site/water play area will be reconfigured.  There could be short-term closures as a result of the renovation.  Please check the Mark Twain National Forest website or call the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs District office for the current information relative to closures of the area.  Thank you for your patience while we improve the North Fork Recreation Area.    Thank you.

Campground Camping

North Fork Recreation Area offers 20 campsites, each with table, fire ring, and tent pad.  Drinking water and vault toilets and garbage collection are centrally located. Sites are suitable for small travel trailers.

There will be renovations to the day use portion of the recreation area beginning summer of 2016.  A new launch will be constructed and the current launch site/water play area will be reconfigured.  There could be short-term closures as a result of the renovation.  Please check the Mark Twain National Forest website or call the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs District office for the current information relative to closures of the area.  Thank you for your patience while we improve the North Fork Recreation Area.    Thank you.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
36.7547818

  Longitude : 
-92.1548502