Current River

Most spring-fed of all the Ozark rivers, the Current may be floated at almost any time of the year, particularly below Welch Spring.  On hot summer weekends, the river is usually crowded.  Weekdays floats are much more peaceful.  Due to the increase in size of the river and the frequecy of motor boats below Big Spring, most canoe and kayak trips are made on the sections above Big Spring.

Difficulty I, occasionally II..
Gradients general - 4.4; Montauk to Akers - 8.7; to junction of Jacks Fork - 5; to Big Spring - 3.8; to Doniphan - 3.2
Counties Dent, Shannon, Carter, Ripley.

Name Latitude Longitude Feature Type Description Ramp Camp
0 37.450611 -91.661169 Other Access Baptist Camp Access on county road of Hwy. YY No No
3.3 37.429035 -91.649702 Other Feature Ashley Creek on right. No No
6.5 37.437478 -91.623278 Other Feature Parker Hollow on left, fed by Schafer Spring 1.2 miles upstream. No No
8 37.422253 -91.60858 Other Access Cedargrove Access. Low-water bridge and campground. No No
8.9 37.414084 -91.606311 Other Feature Big Creek on right. No No
11.6 37.396269 -91.589328 Other Feature Medlock Spring on right. 12.4 Welch Landing Access. No No
12.4 37.383174 -91.568707 Other Access Welch Landing Access. No No
12.7 37.395966 -91.575078 Other Feature Welch Spring, sixth largest in state, on left. No No
15.7 37.375725 -91.551894 Other Feature Akers Ferry Access on Hwy. K. Campground and store. No No
23.2 37.354063 -91.486318 Other Feature Rock House Cave on right. A meander of a cave, cut off by the deepening river valley, it is now more like a natural bridge than a cave and makes a good shelter. No No
25.2 37.334384 -91.476212 Other Access Pulltite Access. Campground and store. No No
26 37.334138 -91.487803 Other Feature Pulltite Spring and branch on right. Just below on the same side of the river, are several other minor but interesting springs, one of which is the """"Fire Hydrant Spring"""" gushing from a small cave in the bluff. No No
27 37.321826 -91.484497 Other Feature Boyds Creek on right. No No
30.2 37.317529 -91.45237 Other Feature Jerry J. Presley Conservation Education Center on left, formerly the Alton Club. No access or camping. No No
32.7 37.302335 -91.415536 Other Feature Sinkin Creek enters on left. By putting in at The Sinks, where the creek takes a short-cut through a hill via a cave, 6.5 miles of the creek can be floated in good water. Gradient is 10 feet per mile. No No
34.2 37.283154 -91.405274 Other Access Round Spring access, campground, spring and cavern. No No
42.5 37.248247 -91.326252 Other Feature Big Creek enters on left. No No
44.7 37.252604 -91.295693 Other Feature Bee Bluff on left. No No
46.6 37.230765 -91.308008 Other Access Jerktail Landing on right, on county road off H 19. Access and campsite. No No
51.1 37.193811 -91.280434 Other Feature Ebb and Flow Spring, reached by walking 0.25 mile up creek on left. No No
51.5 37.19015 -91.277572 MDC Access Jacks Fork River enters on right. Two Rivers Access (Ozark National Scenic Riverways). No No
52.3 37.189603 -91.268499 Other Access Old ferry site, access and campground. 56.2 Blair Creek on left. 58.4 Hwy. 106 Bridge. No No
58.7 37.181528 -91.175749 Other Access Powder Mill, an old ferry site, with access and campground. No No
60 37.1656 -91.165551 Other Feature Blue Spring, ninth largest in the state, has deepest blue color. Reached by a 0.25 mile walk up its branch on the left. No No
63.8 37.127399 -91.172759 Other Access Roberts Field access and campground. Rocky Creek enters on right. The Falls of Rocky Creek, 3 miles southwest of this point, are a scenic attraction of the area. No No
66.1 37.137741 -91.13625 Other Feature Spring on left. No No
66.6 37.134393 -91.1296 Other Feature Carr Creek and Cardareva Mountain on left. No No
69 37.11474 -91.131194 Other Access Log Yard on left. Access and campground. No No
69.8 37.105879 -91.111504 Other Access Beal Landing on left. Access. No No
72.5 37.129101 -91.073383 Other Access Paint Rock Bluff access. No No
77.7 37.059053 -91.049391 Other Access Waymeyer Access on right at mouth of Chilton Creek, on County Road M-151 off Hwy. M. No No
81.5 37.027419 -91.039595 Other Feature Pine Valley Creek, also called Henpeck Creek, on left. No No
84.3 37.000218 -91.020318 Other Access Watercress Spring Recreation Area. Forest Service and campground. No No
84.9 36.991813 -91.013376 MDC Access Van Buren Riverfront Park Access (Van Buren) and H 60 Bridge. CBR Yes No
89.2 36.947773 -90.989393 Other Access Big Spring. Access and campground. One of the largest springs in the world. No No
93.5 36.928902 -90.905789 Other Access Clubhouse Landing. Access and campground, on County Road 60-221 off Hwy. 60. No No
97.8 36.885156 -90.913807 Other Access Hickory Landing. Access from Hwy. E at Hunter. Cave Spring-Jordan Spring Branch on left. Jordon Spring, 0.5 mile and Cave Spring, 1 mile up branch. No No
98 36.881575 -90.92103 Other Feature Catarac Landing on right. Access on County Road Z-217, off Hwy. Z and H 103. No No
100.3 36.866022 -90.935688 Other Feature Panther Spring on right. No No
103.2 36.832243 -90.942922 Other Feature Bog Hollow. Phillips Bay and Spring on right. Spring about 0.25 mile from river. No No
104.2 36.818359 -90.947024 Other Access Gooseneck campground on right. Access on Farm Road 3142-County Road C-10, off Hwy. C. No No
104.2 36.818359 -90.947024 Other Access Gooseneck campground on right. Access on Farm Road 3142-County Road C-10, off Hwy. C. No No
105.8 36.800713 -90.956933 Other Access Forest Service campground on left. Bagamaw Bay on right. Limited access road. No No
107.7 36.780189 -90.944445 Other Feature Big Barren Creek on right. Twin Springs 0.75 mile up creek. No No
110.5 36.757673 -90.927513 Other Access Cedar Creek on left. Forest Service campsite in this area. No No
112.8 36.717281 -90.919536 Other Feature Buffalo Creek on right. No No
113 36.714456 -90.916738 Other Access Compton Camp. Forest Service campsite, on right. Deer Leap Recreation Area. Forest Service access on left. No No
118.8 36.669724 -90.879006 Other Access Deer Leap Recreation Area. Forest Service access on left. No No
119.3 36.665903 -90.874206 Other Access Float Camp Recreation Area. Forest Service access on left. No No
120.3 36.65261 -90.856404 Other Access Dun Roven unimproved access on right. 123.8 Hwy. 160 Bridge. No No
124 36.60887 -90.833061 MDC Access T.L. Wright Memorial Access (Doniphan) on right. CBR Private campground nearby. Stores, meals, lodging in Doniphan. Yes No
129.8 36.554983 -90.842229 Other Feature Big Island. No No
135 36.523609 -90.807462 Other Feature Goose Lake, a lake-like pool of the river. No No
136.3 36.498658 -90.801601 Other Feature Missouri-Arkansas state line. No No
138 36.498779 -90.783268 Other Access Current View. Private access. No No
Spring 36.78177 -90.953228 Other Feature No No
Spring 36.835186 -90.95057 Other Feature No No
Spring 36.865758 -90.945596 Other Feature No No
Spring 36.888015 -90.903694 Other Feature No No
Spring 36.953196 -90.998846 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.147542 -91.136334 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.169382 -91.157103 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.200589 -91.28276 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.272083 -91.406343 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.342772 -91.488564 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.370668 -91.494954 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.389482 -91.593587 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.403682 -91.574996 Other Feature No No
Spring 37.461017 -91.622071 Other Feature No No

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