North Fork Recreation Area Now Open

North Fork Recreation Area entrance.

Campground and new water-play area opened on Friday, June 7.

North Fork Recreation Area pavement improvements

AVA, Mo. –– The Ava /Cassville / Willow Springs Ranger District is happy to announce that a majority of North Fork Recreation Area, located on the North Fork of the White River near Dora, Mo., was officially opened on Friday, June 7.  

The campground and new water-play area opened to visitors for playing in the river and launching canoes and kayaks.  Canoe and kayak users, including outfitters and guides, will use this area to launch boats until the new launch area, which is closer to the bridge, is completed. 

Boulders have been placed along the parking area that faces the river to deter visitors from driving down to the river’s edge.  When the parking spot striping is completed, the District will also be placing parking stops on the side the picnic tables are located.  Please do not take vehicles off of paved areas when visiting North Fork Recreation Area.   

This is a fee area.  Camping is $10 per night for non-electric and $15 per night for electric sites.  There are only two electric sites and one of those (site 2) is reserved for the campground host.  Day-use fees are $2 per vehicle or $20 for a season pass.  Payment for camping and day-use is a self- pay system where individuals fill out a fee envelope, place their money in the envelope, and put it in the fee tubes.  One fee tube is located by the bulletin board in the day-use area and the second is by the bulletin board in the campground, by the first camping loop.  A season pass can be obtained at the Ava District office. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Ava office at 417-683-4428.