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.
We used to float the Courtois every weekend back in the 70's and catch stringers full of fish. Back then there were only aluminum canoes on the water and a whole lot less people.
It's a parade of idiots now.
"It's a parade of idiots now."
Bloody Tourists! :embarassed:
I never went to the Buffalo because of crowds, did go see elk one time in the fall. I fish the Little Red or the White rivers when I ever get a chance.
White river is legend for the Trout.
Thanks Waffletop.....boy o boy does that bring back some great memories!!! I first floated the Current as a Boy Scout and fell in love with the river. In later years a buddy of mine and I floated and fished the Current for small mouth bass on a regular basis. I was also a member of a Caving Organization (National Speleological Society) that mapped out unexplored caves in Missouri for the state, and a fair number of those caves were in the vicinity of the Current River. I need to put that on my bucket list......have not been there in many, many years!!!! Fond memories of the great outdoors!
Those old wooden john boats were so cool. They were long gone by time I started floating as well as the expedition services. Nothing like a multi day float with over-nighters on a gravel bar.
I've spent many nights on Ozark streams.
Campsites on the Eleven point are harder to come by as there are very few gravel bars. We had to tie up our canoes in a small cove and hike all our gear up a hill to camp.
Waffletop - thanks for that great video.
A part of our country where I've spent very little time.
I've traveled all over the world and seen many things but the Ozarks will always be special to me, it is unique and a place unto its own.
Great video - I cracked up at a couple of lines in it. "Like a fickle female..." had me almost spilling my coffee. Try that one now...
Again - thank - I thoroughly enjoyed the video - and I swear "one of these days" I'm going to hop on the ol' Suzuki and make that long-slow coast-to-coast tour, taking my time.
Spent a lot of time on the Ozarks but most of it was in the Mark Twain National Forrest that mostly surrounds Ft. Leonard Wood. Great whitetail hunting to be had there. I also spent a lot of afternoons fishing the Big Piney River overflow ponds on the NE edge of the Fort IVO a large gravel pit. Caught largemouth/smallmouth/crappie/stripers and some times rainbows that got into the river after being stocked in the local streams.
Thanks. Interesting video. Went on the Jacks Fork and Current in '67.
Do you remember when the Corp of Engineers wanted to dam the Meramec? That was one of the first successful efforts I can remember of the locals resisting government "improvements".
Many fought hard to defeat it and I am so proud the rivers were saved.
The Meramec Basin Project - A Look Back 25 Years Later
I was born in Missouri and my family is still there. My Mother's people moved into the Ozarks in the early 1800's. My Father's Great Grandfather brought his family there shortly after the War of 1812. I spent considerable time in that country growing up and still visit the old cemeteries (well off the beaten paths) where my ancestors are buried.
Beautiful county. Thanks for posting
I think we camped at every park on the Current, our favoret was Ally Springs the corner spot by spring stream & Jacksfork. When I was a kid there were no showers only out houses, you took a bath in the river.Wading was fun but could get spooky as you might be knee deep one more step you were in 10' of water it was that clear. We used to get the mesh potato sacks to keep melons & drinks cold in the spring stream 51 deg yr round. Man do I miss that.