Preparing to Stand on the Current

Thomas & Mark Malkowicz

According to the National Park Service, ” The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first National Park area to protect a river system. The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are two of the finest floating rivers you’ll find anywhere.” In an effort to help share this special place with the world, we are planning another first.

We have always been looking for new ways to explore and experience the Current River in Southern Missouri. We first started canoeing the river every summer as kids, as we grew older we began taking longer trips, camping on the gravel beaches, backpacking along the Ozark Trail, and eventually exploring the entire region. The plan for our next adventure is to paddleboard the length of the Current River inside the Ozark National Scenic Riverways – A 104 mile journey that we have set aside a week to complete. From our very limited research, we think this is the first time this has ever been attempted (and there may be good reason). As we prepare for this expedition, there are only a few things we can plan for certain; when and where to start, who will shuttle our vehicle, what food to bring and what gear to pack. Everything else, we just have to be ready for and that’s the wilderness experience we search for every time we depart.

Gear overview Edited

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3 thoughts on “Preparing to Stand on the Current

  1. Obviously, fear the aluminum hatch! Anytime from just before Memorial Day to just after Labor Day, rocks, rapids and deadfalls will be the least of your worries on the weekend, Start late Sunday afternoon, bust your butts, and try to be done by Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, you won’t need your boards. just use your balance to step from one rental boat to the other.

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  2. Admirable, but not unique. Not by a long shot. This stretch, and further, has been completed innumerable times by innumerable individuals, Boy Scout troops, paddle clubs, etc. You will no doubt hear from some of them. Don’t let this discourage you–I look forward to hearing about your journey.

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  3. Admirable, but not unique. Not by a long shot. This stretch, and further, has been completed innumerable times by innumerable individuals, Boy Scout troops, paddle clubs, etc. You will no doubt hear from some of them. Don’t let this discourage you–I look forward to hearing about your journey.

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