the best known part of the Current River is that stretch within the
Ozark National Scenic Riverways north of Van Buren. But another beautiful
part of the river can be found south of Van Buren running to the Arkansas
lower Current River is considerably larger than the upper because of
the more than 276 million gallons of water a day entering the stream
from Big Spring, just south of Van Buren. Because this part of the river
is slower moving and less well-known it is used less by canoeists. There
are a number of public river access points maintained by the U.S. Forest
Service on the lower Current.
geologic feature of the lower Current is Deer Leap, a high bluff on
the river north of Doniphan where this month’s cover shot was
taken. An old legend says American Indians once herded deer off the
bluff into the river below.
the river from the bluff is the U.S. Forest Service Deer Leap Recreation
Area, which contains a campground, picnic area and boat ramp. This part
of the Mark Twain National Forest is managed from the Doniphan/Eleven
Point Ranger District office where more information is available about
the lower Current River and the nearby Eleven Point River.
more information visit the office at 1104 Walnut St., Doniphan, MO 63935;
(573) 996-2153, or visit the Web site for the Mark Twain National Forest