The River Rules

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Ozark National Scenic Riverways welcomes you and offers you a fun and memorable opportunity for family-friendly recreation.

As the first river system to receive Federal protection we ask your support in keeping this river a place for future generations to enjoy.

The regulations are enforced to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. Thanks you for your assistance in keeping this National Park a family-friendly place for all. Have fun, respect others and the river.


*No glass bottled beverages within 50 feet of the river.
*No foam coolers within 50 feet of the river.
*No littering. Please help us keep the river clean by picking up litter and hauling it to a landing.


All Missouri and Federal alcohol regulations are aggressively enforced.

*No minors in possession of alcohol. Rangers will call your parents and/or take you into custody!
*No excessive alcohol use including a beer bong, kegs of any size, “jello” shots, or large volume containers that hold more than one gallon of an alcoholic beverage.
*No open containers. An open container of alcoholic beverage in a vehicle is prohibited.
*Absolutely no illegal drugs.


*No cliff diving, jumping, or use of rope swings.
*Turn the volume down. Keep stereo systems and other noise making devices below 60 decibels—low enough to not interfere with normal conversation.
*No public nudity or solicitation for nudity.
*Be respectful to others
*Do not harass animals, destroy plants, disturb archeological sites, deface, or otherwise damage historic structures

National Park Service Rangers and State Officials enforce regulations through Federal and State Courts.