Message from Friends of Ozark Riverways:
The Current River and its tributary the Jacks Fork, are among the finest free-flowing river resources in the nation. They are legendary for their constant flow of clear, cool waters. Fed by more than 350 springs, including the 278 million-gallon-per-day Big Spring which is one of the largest springs in North America, and the dazzling Blue Spring, the 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers flow through beautiful Ozark country. The land and rivers offer memorable recreation experiences in a landscape of numerous caves and vibrant wildlife. Because of its amazing character, the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers were designated in 1964 by Congress as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and are part of America’s National Park System. These rivers and their valleys are not surpassed in America for quality, richness, and beauty.
The people of Missouri led the effort to designate and protect these outstanding rivers. Now, 45 years later, the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers need our help and attention again. All is not well, but we have an opportunity to make a positive difference and ensure the health of the rivers 45 years from now.
Friends of Ozark Riverways • 6267 Delmar Blvd. Suite 2E • St. Louis, MO 63130