North Fork Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: North Fork Recreational Area is open seasonally 5/15-12/1, including day use area (river access and picnic area).  Gate will be closed at CC Highway from 12/2 – 5/14– walk in traffic welcome at this time. Day Use:  6:00 AM - 10:PM   Campground-Campers only during  10PM - 6AM  Quiet Hours, Check out time: 2:PM
Rentals & Guides: Dawt's Mill/Ozark Mills Carriage Co.; Lost Cabins Resort; Petit's Canoe Rental; North Fork Outfitters; River of Life; Riverside Canoe Rental; Sunburst Ranch Canoe Rental; Twin Bridges Canoe Rental
Fees Nightly fees are $10.00/nonelectric; $15.00/electric; $2.00 per vehicle fee at day use areas
Permit Info: Annual day use parking permits available for $20.00 at the Ava Ranger District.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Drinking water May 15 through October 15 only. 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.

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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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, (no water after 10/31). Sites are suitable for small travel trailers.

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.


Fishing

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Hiking

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
36.75
  Longitude : 
-92.15