Camping along a gravel bar on the beautiful Jack’s Fork River in Missouri

Camping Jack's Fork Missouri

Camping along the scenic Jack’s Fork River in Missouri

A favorite early spring trip for canoeing is the Jack’s Fork River or the Current River in Missouri. The two rivers make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverway system in southern Missouri. The water is crystal clear and the riverside is full of scenic limestone bluffs. Day trips are fun, but the highlight of the river is camping along the way on the gravel bars in the Ozark wilderness. Eminence, Missouri is the place to start a Jack’s Fork adventure as there are several canoe rentals in town.


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Ted Nelson has been adventure traveling since he was 10 years old on camping trips with his Dad to places like the Great Smoky Mountains, The Everglades, and Big Bend National Park. In 2005 he added international travel to his repertoire with a three month trip to Southeast Asia.

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5 Responses to Camping along a gravel bar on the beautiful Jack’s Fork River in Missouri

  1. Roger Stirling March 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks for this wonderful information. I love camping. Do you often go on such camping trips?

    -Roger
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    • travelingted March 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      As often as I can Roger. Although, it has been too long since I went here. I need to get back soon.

  2. Matt McDowell June 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Teddy it’s your old pal Matt last time I saw you we were fishing up Taylor Caynon CO. for trout …good times. I am living in Missouri and will be overnighting on Jack’s Fork with my wife between Alley and Powdermill in June have you run it in June?

    • Ted Nelson June 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      I have never canoed it that late. In fact, we have gone down in April and not been able to run it then, but it is totally dependent on water levels. With all the rain we have had around the states recently, I would think this would be a good year to do it.

      Great to hear from you my friend. I think about our adventures often. Remember the time we built a raft out of some crazy drums and tried to paddle down Flint Creek to Jewel Park? The trip to Colorado was awesome.

      • Matt McDowell June 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

        We were like the Tom and Huck of the industrial park, bow fishing for carp and paddling in sludge. I was up the Taylor last summer on a fishing trip but we never slayed them like we did that Spring, man it was cold. So good to here from you my old camping and fishing buddy.

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