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In 1964, over 134 mi of the upper course of the river and its tributaries were federally protected as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the first national park in America to protect a river system.
The Current River forms in the southeastern portion of the Ozarks of Missouri and becomes a 7th order stream. It flows southeasterly out of the Ozarks into northeastern Arkansas where it becomes a tributary of the Black River. Black River is a tributary of the White River, and White River is a tributary of the Mississippi River. The Current River is approximately 184 miles long and drains about 2,641 square miles of land mostly in Missouri and a small portion of land in northeastern Arkansas. The headwaters of the Current River are nearly 900 feet above sea level, while the mouth of the river lies around 280 feet above sea level.
Boating and floating activities, as well as, fishing and camping are all popular along the river. The scenery can be spectacular along much of the river offering great photo opportunities. The northern portions of the river are mostly gravel bottom and the water is very clear and typically more shallow. The southern part of the river becomes a sand or mud bottom. The water in these areas is usually deeper and the water is normally more of a turquoise blue.
The fishing can range from fair to excellent with many different species available to the angler. Most common are smallmouth bass, perch, and channel catfish. Walleye, black bass and crappie, as well as, alligator gar and carp also inhabit the river.
The Doniphan, as well as, Eminence, and Van Buren, Missouri areas are all popular for recreation on current river. CURRENT RIVER MARINE can handle all your boating needs while ROCKY RIVER INN & RESORT can handle all your float trips and lodging. You can see more about them on our site.
On the Arkansas side, CAVENAUGH MARINE & SPORTING GOODS in Pocahontas, Ar is available for boating needs, as well as, bait & supplies.
Southern Missouri & Northeast Arkansas