A Current River float trip is a must-do experience for everyone in Missouri that loves the outdoors. The Current River is considered by many to be one of the best float trips in Missouri. The spring fed waters of the Current are absolutely crystal clear. Add in lots of easy to navigate Class I rapids to keep it fun and stunning surrounding countryside and you've got a perfect recipe for a fun, relaxing, and beautiful trip for families and groups of friends.

Highlights

  • Plenty of fun, but easy, class I rapids with a steady, fairly-quick flow that makes doing 9 miles in a day quite easy for a relaxing day float.
  • Lots of  caves, stunning springs, and unique historical sites to explore
  • Crystal clear water allowing you to see the bottom of the river and lots of fish clearly even at depths over 10 feet
  • Absolutely beautiful surrounding area
  • Great for Overnight floats as there are plenty of large gravel bars to camp on.
  • Plenty of good outfitters for renting kayaks, canoes, and rafts.

Lowlights

  • It can get quite crowded on weekend days, particularly Saturdays of holiday weekends and can get to be quite a party atmosphere that isn’t always family friendly.
  • The water is definitely on the cool side for swimming
  • Jet boats can be quite prevalent below Two Rivers (the confluence with the Jack’s Fork). They aren’t allowed on the Current above Two Rivers and they may be going quite fast through the crowds at times.

I’m embarrassed to admit I hadn’t floated the Current for almost 18 years prior to my latest trip there leading a Scouts BSA troop and their families. It is a longer drive than the rivers around Steeleville, the water is colder, and I heard complaints of it being crowded. But we went the weekend after Labor Day and it wasn’t crowded at all, the drive was only 2.5 hours, and getting to explore caves and springs more than made up for any downsides.

Section: Akers Ferry to Round Spring – 18 miles

We did an overnight 18 mile trip from Akers Ferry to Round Spring. Along the way we explored Cave Spring, Pulltite Spring, and various other minor caves and points of interest along the way.

18 miles for an overnight trip was just right for our group with 11-16 year old boys and their families. We made the 2.5 hour drive up in the morning and got on river around 11:30 AM. We took a fairly leisurely pace and picked out a gravel bar for camping about 8.5 miles downriver at around 5pm.

Pulltite Access (along with Campground and Spring) is half-way through this section so you could easily do either half of this as a 9 mile single day trip.