The Ozarks offers some of the best rivers and streams in the country. Many of the best rivers are spring-fed and are floatable year-round. Relaxing, enjoying beautiful views, and cooling off in clear and cold spring-fed water is one of the best things about summer in the Ozarks. Although summers are the best time of the year to enjoy and play around in the water, other seasons have a lot, if not more to offer to this amazing river. Fall, winter, and early spring on the Current River can give you beautiful views of the bluff lines and landscapes that are hidden in the summer by the foliage. Peace and quiet can be found on the river as there are relatively few people that paddle in colder weather. In late winter and early spring you get great opportunities to see a variety of wildlife. Find and explore the many rivers and streams that the Ozarks have to offer.
The Eleven Point National Scenic River was established in 1968. The river is fed year-round by its numerous springs, including Greer Spring, which is the second largest in the state.
The James River forms outside of Springfield and makes its way south to Table Rock Lake just south of Galena. The James can be floated above Lake Springfield during periods of higher water, but some of the best the James has to offer is below the lake.
Swan Creek starts in Taney County and ends it’s journey near Forsyth Missouri. The first put in for this wonderful creek is at the Hwy. 125 bridge in Garrison, MO and continues its journey south through the Ozarks, eventually flowing into Lake Taneycomo 21 miles downstream.