The Black River originates in Reynolds and Iron Counties, MO and flows south through Wayne and Butler Counties and into Arkansas. Due to the differences in geology, hydrology, habitat, biota, land use, and water quality, the basin is separated into two subbasins: the upper subbasin upstream of Clearwater Dam and the lower subbasin downstream of Clearwater Dam to the Arkansas state line.
Enjoying The River
There are many activities that you can enjoy on the current river. Please remember to be courteous to other river users.
- Don't throw trash in the water or on the banks, pack it out with you.
- Bring plenty of water and food, and don't overdo it.
- Plan your floating/paddling route, including potential emergency exit points, before getting in the water.
- Be aware of local and state laws for the area, including safety device requirements.