Jacks Fork River

This tributary of the Current River is one fo the wildest and most scenic of the Missouri Ozark streams.  Its deep valley is nearly a canyon, with no bottomland fields for the first 25 floatable miles.  It is therefore adviable to camp well above iver level if there is any chance of sudden rain.  Trips with loaded canoes above Alley Spring are recommended only in spring or after good summer rains.  The few miles immediately above Alley Spring are especially wide and shallow and may have to be walked in low water.  Upper sections of the river provide fine fly fishing waters.

Difficulty I and II
Gradients general - 7.3; Prongs to Hwy. 17 - 8.6; to Bunker Hill - 8; to Alley Spring - 7; to Current River - 6.3.
Counties Texas, Shannon

Name Latitude Longitude Feature Type Description Ramp Camp
Spring 37.061262 -91.573597 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.156387 -91.443332 Other Feature No No
0 37.076858 -91.732455 MDC Access South Prong Access at Hwy. Y Bridge. Beautiful section, but not recommended during low water. Gravel bar access. No No
6.8 37.056192 -91.668285 Other Access H . 17 Bridge at Buck Hollow. Access. No No
9.2 37.05281 -91.638654 Other Access Bluff View Access on left, off Hwy O. No No
9.6 37.051946 -91.632321 Other Feature Blue Spring Access on left, off Hwy. 00. Blue Spring comes from cave on left nearly hidden from river by boulders. Narrow run just below spring may be difficult. No No
12.6 37.044514 -91.5965 Other Feature Jam Up Bluff and Cave. River entrance of cave is one of most spectacular cave entrances in state. No No
15.9 37.059932 -91.565779 Other Feature Ebb and Flow Spring on left. No No
16.2 37.061109 -91.56257 Other Access Rymers Access and campground on right. No No
17.1 37.068654 -91.553621 Other Feature Bunker Hill Resort, on left, privately owned by Missouri State Teachers Association. No access. No No
22.2 37.103337 -91.522983 Other Feature Leatherwood Creek on left. No No
25.2 37.121222 -91.503974 Other Access Bay Creek on left. Access and campground. No No
31 37.150299 -91.435914 Other Access Alley Spring, 10th largest spring in state. Access, old mill, campground and store. No No
32.3 37.161604 -91.42431 Other Feature Horse Hollow on left. The old Salem, Winona and Southern RR used to run up this hollow and continue up Sinking Branch after following the Jacks Fork from Mahan's Creek. No No
35.3 37.152951 -91.375751 Other Feature Mahan's Creek on right. Site of old RR river crossing just above mouth of creek. No No
37.3 37.154421 -91.355955 MDC Access Buttin Rock Access on right side, at Hwy. 19 Bridge. Stores, cafes and lodging in Eminence. Gravel ramp. No No
41.9 37.173066 -91.30086 Other Access Shawnee Creek on right. Access and campground. No No
42.3 37.172417 -91.295149 Other Feature Little Shawnee Creek on right. No No
44.6 37.190198 -91.277809 Other Feature Confluence with Current River. Best take-out .75 mile downstream at ferry landing. No No

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