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Spring River, Arkansas
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The Spring River forms in Howell County of southcentral Missouri just a few miles south of the Eleven Point River and near the Mark Twain National Forest, then flows southward into Arkansas at Mammoth Springs in Fulton County. It then flows down through Fulton County, across the northeast tip of Sharp County and into Randolph County to its confluence with the Eleven Point River. The Eleven Point River then flows a few miles south to its confluence with the Current River, also flowing down from Missouri. Generally, the Spring River is a year-round paddling stream, assuming you are able to withstand the rigors of the Missouri Ozarks winter, which can be quite cold.

Flowing from Mammoth Spring, where more than 9.78 million gallons per hour flow down from Missouri in an underground river, the waters of the Spring River rise to the surface in Arkansas, more than 70 feet below the spring pool. At a constant 58° F, the water looks inviting, but if you capsize, then you will need to get out of the water fast, especially in any month except the summer, to avoid hypothermia.

The Spring River flows about 54.4 miles in Arkansas from Mammoth Springs to the Eleven Point River at Old Davidsonville State Park near Black Rock. The Ozarks terrain and foliage are a feast for the eyes. Towering cliffs and beautiful trees surround an excllent trout stream that is also home to walleye, rock, spotted and smallmouth bass, flathead and channel catfish, longear and warmouths, as well as other species. The air is crisp and clean in a largely unpopulated and unpolluted part of Arkansas.

Click the links below for information regarding the section of the Spring River where you want to paddle.

[ Mammoth Springs to Hardy ] [ Hardy to Ravenden ] [ Ravenden to Old Davidsonville State Park ] [ South Fork of the Spring River ]

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