Those were the days.
The Current river is still as beautiful as ever, however float trips on summer weekends are a mob scene of canoes and rafts filled with wild partiers.
If you want peace and quiet and want to fish you have to go during the week.
Around here we have the city and Jersey hikers. I call em the yogurt people!. but the state has put up tick/lyme warning signs. many have vanished! they are on the paved rail trails more. good! stay out of my jungle and I will stay away from them!!
I used to float the Current in my youth, but it has gotten to crazy for me. Way too many drunk people there on the weekends for my liking.
Gators aren't the problem! It's the hot-shots with the 60-80-mph boats looking to run you over! Idiots with no common sense on boating rules and regulations!
I've towed so many morons in not because of motor failure! Out of gas! It's even worse when you don't get a "Thanks or money for your gas"!
My rant is over! Sorry!
I haven't floated the Current in a number of years but I used to consider the Pulltight to Round Spring float as one of the best in Missouri. It also had the advantage of being in the middle section of the river and somewhat removed from the bigger party campgrounds around Salem in the North or Van'Buren to the south so that section wasn't quite as crowded or party central.
As far as crowds go the Current was usually a bit better than the Meremac or Black Rivers and being part of the National Park System as the Ozark Scenic Riverways means that there are at least some regulations https://www.nps.gov/ozar/learn/manag...ndpolicies.htm regarding floating the Current and Jack's Fork rivers as opposed to the others which essentially have none. How well those are enforced are another matter but they do exist as opposed to the Meremec or Black which are just free for all's.
The best float I've done in recent years was an overnight float the upper Jack's Fork (a tributary of the current) on the first week of June. The downside that float is only doable up until the end of may/early june or water levels in certain sections of the river are too low after that. The upside was that most of the time we were alone on the river despite the fact it was the weekend after Memorial Day.