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Old 08-24-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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I will post my annual public service announcement for anyone passing thru Missouri this fall or winter en route to cross county destinations. Do yourself a favor and plan a couple days camping along one of the numerous southern Missouri streams. The Current River, Jacks's Fork River, and Eleven Point River are all part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways with miles and miles of federally protected streams and riverbanks in their natural pristine condition - meaning no private ownership of the streams, banks, gravel bars, or accesses. You will find the full spectrum of camping opportunities from fully developed with electric/water/restrooms/showers park-like facilities ($10-20 per night) to primitive accesses where you can just pull up on the riverbank and camp out of your vehicle for free. Temperatures in southern Missouri normally do not get below freezing at night until around Thanksgiving, and Missouri is one of the dwindling places where you can still build a campfire just about anywhere you want, unless a fire ban is in place on extremely dry conditions. You can find numerous accesses and campgrounds on any decent map, and after Labor Day weekend, you will have the campgrounds mostly to yourself. Canoe rental places are abundant and relatively cheap, and all streams hold good fishing, including trout in the Eleven Point and upper Current River. Good chances to see abundance of wildlife and experience solitude on your own personal gravel bar - nothing better!!!!.
IF interested and passing thru Missouri, give me a holler and I'll turn you on to some great places to camp with whatever your needs may be.
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I will post my annual public service announcement for anyone passing thru Missouri this fall or winter en route to cross county destinations. Do yourself a favor and plan a couple days camping along one of the numerous southern Missouri streams. The Current River, Jacks's Fork River, and Eleven Point River are all part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways with miles and miles of federally protected streams and riverbanks in their natural pristine condition - meaning no private ownership of the streams, banks, gravel bars, or accesses. You will find the full spectrum of camping opportunities from fully developed with electric/water/restrooms/showers park-like facilities ($10-20 per night) to primitive accesses where you can just pull up on the riverbank and camp out of your vehicle for free. Temperatures in southern Missouri normally do not get below freezing at night until around Thanksgiving, and Missouri is one of the dwindling places where you can still build a campfire just about anywhere you want, unless a fire ban is in place on extremely dry conditions. You can find numerous accesses and campgrounds on any decent map, and after Labor Day weekend, you will have the campgrounds mostly to yourself. Canoe rental places are abundant and relatively cheap, and all streams hold good fishing, including trout in the Eleven Point and upper Current River. Good chances to see abundance of wildlife and experience solitude on your own personal gravel bar - nothing better!!!!.
IF interested and passing thru Missouri, give me a holler and I'll turn you on to some great places to camp with whatever your needs may be.
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Hi Mark, may be passing through the area next year (Sept or Oct.) on way to or from an upcoming trip to Arizona. We own some property off Table Rock Lake near Hollister that we haven't seen for a few years. Would like to get some recommendations if possible. Thanks!
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By all means. Sept/Oct is great time to visit with normally no need for AC during day or heat at night, and trees starting to turn colors, and practically no one on the rivers or campgrounds, so great time for some off grid time. However, if you do prefer electric sites, there are some developed campground, too. I do believe most will shut off water spigets by the end of Oct. A couple that come to mind that are very nice Alley Springs and Round Springs near Eminence, and Big Springs near Van Buren. A beautiful 1/2 day drive - from Eminence head north and follow the road overlooking the Jacks Fork River valley - the Jacks Fork run thru a 25 mile canyon - some of the most beautiful scenery in Missouri. You might even come across the wild horses that roam the area. Send me a PM with your parameters you like for camping.
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the Missouri Ozark area is my favorite place in the country for many reasons. it has a very accessible and welcoming feeling that can be missing in more extreme or harsh places. my best advice is to avoid Branson, unless you're into crowds and noise. Mark's suggestion of Eminence and the Alley Spring campground is just what i would say tops the list of places to go. Bennet Spring is also very pleasant in nearly all seasons! there are many state parks and forest service campgrounds available, too. remember: Missouri's Department of Conservation is the best in the country. It shows!
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A beautiful 1/2 day drive - from Eminence head north and follow the road overlooking the Jacks Fork River valley - the Jacks Fork run thru a 25 mile canyon - some of the most beautiful scenery in Missouri. You might even come across the wild horses that roam the area. Send me a PM with your parameters you like for camping.
Is that the county road 19-203, heading NE off Hwy 19? I'm looking at a google map.
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Yep, that's it. Very nice developed campground. Old grist mill has been restored. Store close by and only a few miles out of Eminence. The drive on 106 is spectacular.
A good day trip is to make a loop on 106, then to hwy 19 at Winona, and north back to Eminence. Get a map of the Jacks Fork and check out the accesses. Same with the Current River near Eminence. Round Springs (also a developed CG) and Blue Springs are worth seeing.
Depending on the size of your trailer, and if you are interested in more primitive camping w/o electric or water, but right on the riverbank, there are accesses where you can get right on the river gravel bars all by yourself especially anytime but summer. Rhymers access on the Jacks Fork and Logyard access on the Current come to mind.
I spend a lot of time on the Eleven Point River, about 20 miles south of Winona on Hwy 19 near Alton, MO. Greer CG on hwy 19 is semi developed but electric stations were vandalized for copper and don't believe they were ever replaced. Greer Springs, second largest spring in MO to Big Springs 5 miles from Van Buren (very nice developed CG), both are awesome. Off grid camping with small trailer right on the Eleven Point can be found at Turner Mill South access and Whitten access (trout water!).
Just about any access on any of the three rivers are OK to camp at. If in doubt, ask any of the canoe rental places and they are for the most part helpful and friendly. Highly recommend a float trip. Again canoe places will put you on whatever length or difficulty of water you wish. Current River is the easiest floating for novice. Jacks Fork and Eleven Point are totally primitive thru the hills and forest and absolutely beautiful, but you need to be able to handle a canoe on both.
You won't be disappointed with any of the options on camping.
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Those are fine rivers......

The little town of Eminence, Missouri is a great HQ for canoeing several streams. I've paddled all the rivers mentioned and would add two more, the Spring and Buffalo rivers in neighboring Arkansas.

I've visited Branson twice. First time I was on my own. Traffic was a nightmare in the summer. No fun at all, long lines at entertainment venues too.

Second visit was an off season tour group. Difference of night and day. Bus driver dealt with traffic and tour participants got preferential treatment and seating.

Lots of great shows to see.
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