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Ozark National Scenic Riverways

The Current River is an excellent smallmouth stream. Rising from springs deep in the Ozarks, the Current is one of the prettiest in the state. Several reaches of the river offer myriad possibilities for the smallmouth angler. With about 120 miles of fishable water on the river, there are many excellent areas to fish.

Water temperature is between 57 & 60 degrees and provides an excellent fish habitat.

Crystal clear shimmering water and freestone bottoms make a trip on the Current River an unforgettable experience. The river has excellent canoeing for some 70 miles and one of the most popular spots for putting in canoes, rafts or even inner tubes is at Van Buren, MO. Don’t want to paddle or even float down the river special boats with limited horsepower and sound output are available for nature lovers that want to experience the beauty effortlessly.

Big Spring, just downstream of Van Buren, makes yet another contribution to the Current River. Big Spring is the largest in North America, and usually contributes upwards of 300 Cubic Feet per second of water. Below the spring, the Current is a sprawling Ozarks foothills river, and it can be a bit intimidating. Because the center of the river is often too fast, fisherman would be well advised to focus on eddies and bankside water. Below Big Spring, fisherman can expect to find some walleye, Kentucky Bass, and Crappie mixed in with the smallmouth.