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Geologic Provinces of the United States: Ouachita-Ozark Interior Highlands
Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Current River

Current River

Big Bend, Ozark National Scenic Riverways Carter County, Missouri
Photo by Randy Orndorff, USGS

The Current River is a spring fed river in karst of the Ozark Plateaus Province in southeastern Missouri. Along with surface water drainage, a large amount of water enters the rivers through large springs. Big Spring (see photo one) is several miles upstream of Big Bend and provides on average 280 million gallons per day. The Current River is popular attraction for canoeists.

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