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Spring River, Arkansas

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The Spring River is a 57mi long river which flows through the U.S. states of Missouri and Arkansas. It consists of two branches, the South Fork of the Spring River and the Spring River proper. The South Fork of the Spring River starts in Howell County, Missouri and flows south through Fulton and Sharp counties in Arkansas. The South Fork of the Spring River joins the Spring River proper near the town of Hardy, Arkansas. The South Fork is a quiet stream with gravelly bars that are ideal for camping.
The Spring River proper begins where Mammoth Spring and Warm Fork of the Spring River merge at Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Mammoth Spring is the outlet of an underground river that runs from Missouri into Arkansas. Over 9.78e6USgal per hour flow out of the massive spring and forms the Spring River. Being predominantly spring fed with water averaging 58 °F (14 °C), the river is kept cool during warmer months and is suitable trout habitate for several miles.
The Spring River proper is a popular destination for tourists, canoers, and for riding inner tubes ("toobers"). The most popular stretch of the river is between Mammoth Spring and the tourist town of Hardy. Below Hardy, the Spring River flows past Ravenden, Arkansas and Imboden, Arkansas to its confluence with the Eleven Point River near Old Davidsonville State Park. The Spring River joins the Black River near Black Rock, Arkansas. There are a variety of outfitters along the river who provide supplies, canoe rental, and shuttle services in the area between Mammoth Spring and Hardy. Several resorts provide lodging for tourists.
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  • I've been visiting the area for many years and always enjoy the beautiful scenery and the river. The only issue (for campers) regardless of which of the many area camps are the trains that bisect the ...  more »
  • We do a Annual Spring River Float once a year with family and friends. Such a relaxing atmosphere- look forward to it every year. This year we actually stayed at Cherokee Village rented a condo from S...  more »
  • Great river but be careful when canoeing it can be dangerous for little ones! But overall the best river in Arkansas!+++
  • The river is beautiful. The Saturday float trip from dam site 3 is NOT family friendly. Try a different day or a different route if you don't want to hook up with the party barge!

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