Current River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Current River recreation areas provide a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience a more social recreation opportunity in the southern ozarks. The swift , clear and cool Current River with numerous gravel bars provides motorized boating, non-motorized boating, tubing, camping, picknicking and wading opportunities in a more developed recreation setting. On weekends you will experience numerous recreationists enjoying a variety of waterbased activities. A favorite past time on the river whether boating or tubing includes taking breaks on the numerous gravel bars. The recreation areas on the Current River are easily accessible by vehicle and are located near small communities which provide a variety of services. The northern most access site is the Watercress Recreation Area located in Van Buren, Mo. Watercress is a developed area which provides a boat launch, day use picnicking, overnight camping, and two group picnicking shelters The next area is the Bay Nothing Boat Launch located near Grandin, Mo. Bay Nothing is a primitive site that provides a boat launch and limited day use opportunities. Moving downriver you encounter the Deer Leap and Float Camp Recreation areas located just outside of Doniphan, Mo. Deer Leap and Float Camp are developed areas which provide a variety of opportunities from renting tubes, canoes and rafts; to launching your canoe or jon boat; to camping and picnicking. For more information about these individual sites please select them by recreation area on the website.

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At a Glance

Fees See the specific recreation area for a description of fees for most campgrounds, day use areas and boat launches there is a fee associated with the specific activity.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: See Specific sites for closest towns.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service and Concessionaires on specific sites on the Current River.

General Information

Directions: See specific recreation areas on the Current River for directions.

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Recreation areas with activity Tubing:

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:
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320 ft