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  • Deer Leap Recreation Area

    The Deer Leap Recreation Area is situated on the east bank of the Current River and provides primitive camping, a boat launch and floater access/tuber launch. Deer Leap Campground has seven (7) campsites; each with a fire ring, table and lantern post. Other amenities include: water, vault toilet, and launch facilities. The Deer Leap Boat Ramp provides launching capabilities for motorized and non-motorized boats with ample parking. There is also a vault toilet located at the boat ramp.

    The Tuber Launch is temporarily being operated at the end of the campground, and is a popular put-in for floating the Current River. This access is also shared with outfitter/guides. No public parking is allowed in the launch area. Most private floaters take out below the bridge in Doniphan at the public boat launch, and outfitted floaters take out at the outfitter’s private launches in Doniphan. This float takes about 5 hours.

    Operational Hours:

    Floater’s access in the campground is open 4/1 to 10/1, with boat ramp open year-round.


    For the boat ramp there is a daily use fee of $3 per day for vehicles. There is no reservation system for the campground, boat ramp or tuber launch. The tuber launch has no fee. There is a 50% discount for anyone with a Golden Age, Golden Access Passport, Senior Pass or an Access Pass.


    Fees will be paid at the fee tube provided. Overnight camping is allowed at the seven (7) campsites. Fireworks are prohibited. More specific restrictions are located on the provided recreation bulletin boards.


    Located approximately 5 miles north of Doniphan, Mo. From State Highway 160 take County Road Y heading north for approximately 5 miles. Take a left onto Forest Road 4349. Continue down FR 4349, veer to the left to go to boat ramp or veer to the right to go to the Deer Leap Campground and floater access/tuber launch.