Lower Current River

Lower Current River

Lower Current River

While the Lower Current River starts at the 2 Rivers Junction, the 52-mile reach in Carter and Ripley counties from Van Buren to the Arkansas state line offers some big water for smallmouth bass, walleye, and suckers. Look for smallmouth bass in deep bluff holes or areas with large boulders or rootwads in the summer. In 2011 and 2013, a smallmouth bass tagging study was implemented in this section of the Current River. Legal sized (greater-than-or-equal-to 12 inches) fish were tagged near the dorsal fin. Anglers are asked to call the phone number on the tag to report their catch results. Once the tag is returned, a reward will be given to the angler in appreciation for their cooperation. The fish does not need to be harvested, simply clip the wire and release the fish.

Floating is another popular activity in the LCR. If you need to rent any equipment for your adventure, from kayaks to floating tubes, you can find everything you need at one of the local rental shops.

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive The scenic route to Big Spring, Skyline Drive is a great place to watch an Ozark sunset through scenic vistas along the Current River Valley. Directions to Skyline Drive From Hwy 60 in Van Buren, take Hwy 103 South 1 mile, turn right on Skyline Drive....

Blue Spring

Blue Spring A large, beautiful, undisturbed spring and spring branch with associated aquatic plants and animals surrounded by forest in the Current River Hills region of the Ozarks. The Osage Indians reportedly called this spring “Spring of the Summer Sky.” Spring...

Big Spring

Big Spring The name says it all. Big Spring is not only the largest spring in Missouri, but also one of the largest springs in the world. A dye-trace study has showed that dye introduced into a losing stream 39.5 miles away (near Mountain View) was detected at Big...

Did You Know?

Current River is well known for its smallmouth bass fishing.

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More Information

Fishing Info – https://fishing.mdc.mo.gov/reports/current-river-lower


Enjoying Current 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.


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