Dave’s love for the Current River started when his family began camping at Round Spring in the late 1950’s. By 1960 they purchased two small cabins in Courthouse Hollow located less than a mile from what was then Round Spring State Park. It was not long before Dave and his father became permanent residents in Courthouse Hollow along the banks of the Current River. For the next few years Dave’s days were spent exploring the river in Walter Carr’s wooden johnboat, riding horseback with the Stewart brothers, exploring caves, and hiking trails. At night he would be entertained around the potbellied stove at Carr’s Store or visit the home of Round Spring Superintendent Earl “Sandbar” Chilton.
Barbara Gibbs Ostmann fell in love with the Jacks Fork River more than 40 years ago, and the annual week with her sisters at Bunker Hill Resort on the river is still her favorite vacation time. Barb is equally passionate about the Current River, and spends as much time as possible paddling the two rivers or hiking in the area. As an ACA-certified kayak instructor, she is an enthusiastic volunteer for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, helping with the summer paddling clinics and other volunteer opportunities. She also helps promote the ONSR through her travel and outdoor writing.
Through my involvement with the Ozark Riverways Foundation, I hope to be able to preserve the history and the legacy of the families that came before us and settled in this part of the Ozarks, now known as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. I hope to share my passion and love for the rivers with visitors seeing them for the first time as well as with people who have ancestral ties to the Ozarks and are interested in their proud heritage.