Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Traveler's View: Rep. Smith Looking In The Wrong Direction For Economic Boost

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith is misguided in thinking tourism would be helped by transforming Ozark National Scenic Riverways into a Missouri state park.

Traveler's View: Don't Let The Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act Undermine National Parks

The U.S. Senate should strip from the Sportmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act an amendment that would bar the National Park Service from better managing motorboat access in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Missouri Official Wants State To Reclaim Ozark National Scenic Riverways From National Park Service

While National Park Service personnel are trying to craft a long-term management plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri's lieutenant government is making a pitch for the state to "reclaim this resource."

Consider A Year-End Donation To Your Favorite National Park Friends Group

Trail improvements, interpretive programming, historic preservation, and even transportation are some of the projects tackled by national park friends groups. With time running out in 2013, consider a year-end tax deductible donation to your favorite friends group to help them through 2014.

Draft Ozark National Scenic Riverways Plan Draws Charges NPS Is Trying To Limit Access

A pitched battle is under way over the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, one that goes to the heart of whether national parks are to be managed for the country's best interests, or for unrestricted local interests.

Floodwaters Swept Across Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Heavy rainfall that pounded the Ozarks during the weekend led to extreme flooding in Ozark National Scenic Riverways, where parts of the park were closed due to high water that surged to 17 feet above flood level.

"Owl Prowl" Scheduled At Ozark National Scenic Riverways In Missouri

Curious about owls? Join a ranger for an "Owl Prowl" at Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri in a search for these majestic birds.

Fire Restrictions In Place At Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways officials have instituted fire restrictions for their park, prohibiting all open fires, including campfires. Fires in campstoves and in grills with lids will continue to be permitted for the time being.

The Ozark Hellbender, Found In Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Declared Endangered By USFWS

The Ozark Hellbender, the largest member of the salamander family, today was designated as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, A River System At Risk, Part II

Earlier this year Ozark National Scenic National Riverways was named to American River's list of Most Endangered Rivers. In part two of her article Susan Flader, who long taught in the University of Missouri-Columbia History Department, looks at many of the problems the riverways faces.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, A River System At Risk

Earlier this year Ozark National Scenic National Riverways was named to American River's list of Most Endangered Rivers. In the following two-part article Susan Flader, who long taught in the University of Missouri-Columbia History Department, traces the riverways' history while pointing to many of the problems it faces.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Cabins At Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Having left Buffalo National River behind, David and Kay Scott discover they couldn't flee the heat and humidity, where they checked in the other day to check out the lodging for an update to their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges.

Updated: Unenviable List: Ozark National Scenic Riverways Ranked Among 10 Most Endangered Rivers

Lack of public education and illegal entry were blamed Tuesday when officials at Ozark National Scenic Riverways were confronted with a report that said they are not properly caring for the national treasure.

Summer Special: Ten National Parks With Lodging For Under $100 Per Night, Tent Not Required

You don't need to sleep in a tent to make a national park visit affordable. Our lodging experts have found 10 national parks where you can book a room for less than $100 a night.

National Park Service Establishing Protocols For Dealing With White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

It looks somewhat like a dusting of confectioner's sugar, but the white coating that is showing up on more and more noses and wings of bats is the signature of a dire fungal disease that threatens to decimate bat colonies across the country.

Traveler's Checklist: Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the world's first national park created specifically to protect a river system, preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors Delight Motorists on National Park Roads -- Part II, the Ozarks and Western States

When it comes to autumnal splendor, the Eastern parks get the lion's share of national publicity, but there's some mighty fine leaf peeping to be enjoyed on the park roads in western states and the Ozarks too. Here's how to find some of the best of it.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors From a National Park Lodge

You'd be hard-pressed to stay in a national park lodge in the fall without some spectacular vistas. Still, there are some places that seem slightly better situated to capture the display of foliage. Contributing writers David and Kay Scott share their thoughts on some of the best lodges to call home during the fall.

National Park Mystery Photo 26 Revealed: A Sluice Gate At Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Sluice gate, Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Copyright Marty Koch.
During his career as a national park ranger Marty Koch got around quite a bit. He captured this Mystery Photo of a sluice gate at at Alley Spring Mill in Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri.

Spring Is A Good Time To Be Thinking About River Trips In the National Park System

Snowmelt's running around the National Park System, which makes it a perfect time to start thinking about paddling trips in the parks. Here are some ideas, and contacts, that can help you get wet in the months ahead.

A Look at Some More Somewhat Unusual Lodges in the National Park System

If you're looking for a national park lodge that isn't on everybody's tongue, you might want to consider one of the following.

Flash Flood Leads to Rescue of 200+ Campers at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Vehicle caught by flood.
The Alley Spring Campground at Ozark National Scenic Riverways became the scene of a mass rescue when a flash flood swamped the site, and over 200 campers suddenly found themselves in the water and in the dark at 4 a.m.

Severe Storm Hits Ozark National Scenic Riverways

tree blocking road
A severe storm stuck Ozark National Scenic Riverways last Friday, knocking down thousands of trees, blocking roads and stranding visitors throughout the area.

National Park Quiz 28: Rivers

This week’s quiz deals with rivers flowing within or through the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write “Tributaries joining main streams at right angles is a signature feature of trellis drainage” 100 times on the whiteboard.
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