Float Camp Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Float Camp Recreation Area provides opportunities for camping and day use.

Float Camp Picnic Area is located only 150 feet from the cool waters of the crystal clear Current River and nestled under a mature forest of hardwoods which offers plentiful shade. Visitors enjoy floating the river, fishing and hiking. A campground is only a half-mile away for those who want to stay longer than a day.  The swift-moving river allows for enjoyable float trips, as well as canoeing and great fishing. Swimming is also a popular pastime.  Visitors enjoy horseshoe pits and volleyball courts, as well as hiking and other recreational opportunities nearby.  The day-use picnic area offers an accessible group shelter that can accommodate up to 75 people. The site is equipped with electricity, tables and grills. Individual sites are available on a first come, first served basis. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

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, $20 per single campsite with electric  and $30 double campsite which include electric, 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.
Reservations:  The Group Picnic Area can be reserved at Recreation.gov.   Reservations must be made at least 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.
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 First-come/First-Served Campsites: $12 per basic single campsite, $20 per single campsite with electric  and $30 double campsite which include electric.  Daily parking fee of $3/day for vehicles and $10/day for busses.  Mark Twain National Forest Seasonal parking passes is not excepted at this site. Group picnic pavilion: $35 per day. There is a 50% discount for anyone with a Golden Age, Golden Access Passport, Senior Pass, or an Access Pass.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: April to October
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.
  • Drinking water is not available at the campground
  • All vehicles are required to pay a day use fee, $3/vehicle, upon entering day use area. Seasonal pass is accepted or daily fee is payable on entry.
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


From Doniphan, Missouri, go 4.5 miles north on Highway Y. Go west on Forest Service Road 3210 for 0.5 miles to the recreation area.

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