The City of Doniphan is located near the center of Ripley County on the East bank of the Current River. Ripley County is located in the Ozark Foothills region of Missouri near the Arkansas border. The County is bordered by Butler County to the East, Carter County to the North and Oregon County to the West. To the South are the Arkansas counties of Randolph and Clay. Doniphan lies approximately 30 miles West of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 10 miles North of the Arkansas border, 180 miles East of Springfield, Missouri, and 180 miles South of St. Louis, Missouri. U.S. Highway 160 runs East/West through Doniphan, as do two State Highways, 21 and 142.
Ripley County is not only a great place to visit but a great place to live. It offers all of the small town benefits, but is unique in the amount of services it has to offer its residents. A quality public education system, quality health care, libraries, museums, parks, recreational opportunities, public airport, effective law enforcement and local government, many community clubs, organizations and events.
CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS/FLOAT TRIPS ON THE CURRENT
KC's on the Current - 573-996-7961
Rocky River Resort - 573-996-7171
Fourche Creek Trail Rides Inc - 800-457-3025 - Trail rides, camping, rodeos, and entertainment. Take 160 W to Hwy 21S/142W; travel 4 1/2 miles on Hwy 142W and watch for signs.
Robert's Redneck Retreat - 573-255-3522 - Fun, quiet, family atmosphere, affordable and comfortable. Reconnect with nature and relax at our place. Take 160W 17 miles to CR 17, travel 1 1/2 miles and watch for the signs. Near Fouche Lake, call for reservations.
Mark Twain Nat. Forest - 573-996-2153 - fee envelopes available at campsite
Deer Leap Campground & Boat Launch - 13 units on Current River located 5 miles north of Doniphan on Y Hwy
Float Camp Campground & Picnic Area - 16 unit campground on Current River with swimming area and changehouse. Reservations are required to use the pavilion - 877-444-6777. Deer Leap is a very popular place to start a day float trip or launch your boat. Spend the day swimming, relaxing or have a picnic.
From Doniphan take Y Hwy 4.5 miles north.
Fourche Lake Recreation Area is located on V Hwy 2.5 miles off of HWY 160 W. Fishing, camping, picnic area. No electric or water hookups. Boats with electric motors only.
Cupola Pond, an ancient sinkhole pond, is located 20 miles west of Doniphan on US 160, then North 9 miles on Hwy J to Forest Road 3224, then East 2 miles to Forest Road 4823, and then 2 more miles to the end of the road.
Irish Wilderness is a 16,500 acre area designated for hunting, fishing, hiking and primitive camping.
Mechanical equipment is not allowed. Within the Irish is the popular Whites Creek Cave, Whites Creek Trail, Fiddler Spring and Bliss Spring.
Buffalo Creek Campground - 3 units located 16 miles west of Doniphan on US 160, 2 miles north on Forest Road 3145. No fee
Bay Nothing Boat Launch is one of the most popular river accesses for beginning a float trip on the Lower Current. It is 13 or 14 miles downstream to Float Camp and Deer Leap accesses. - from Grandin, MO, take
O Hwy West to Forest Service Road 3140 for about 11 miles.
Ripley Lake Recreation Area - A primitive fishing and picnic area. Small lake for canoe and trolling motor fishing. No camping permitted. From Doniphan take Hwy 160 west 8 miles to C Hwy, turn north on C for about a mile. Turn right onto gravel Forest Road 3240 at the entrance sign. Follow this road about a mile to the lake.
Mabry Park - Swimming area only - located on the West side of the Hwy 160 bridge in Doniphan
T.L. Wright Memorial Access - 2 boat ramps located on the lower Current River in downtown Doniphan at the
T.L. Wright Memorial Park. Picnic tables, sand volleyball, basketball court and walking track are available.
From Hwy 160 take Jefferson Street to the park area and boat ramps - swimming is not permitted at the boat ramps.
LIVE BAIT & MINNOWS/FISHING/HUNTING LICENSE
Current River Bait & Tackle - 573-996-9707 - located West of the Current River Bridge on Hwy 160
24/7 Mini Mart - 573-996-7209 - located at Hwys160 & Y.
Deer Leap/Float Camp - Y Hwy
Doniphan Towersite - Hwy 21 N
Fourche Creek - Hwy 142 W & then P Hwy, Gatewood
Greenville Ford Access - K Hwy
Hemenway - Hwy H, Naylor
Little Black - Hwy 21 N & then NN Hwy
Mudpuppy - B Hwy off Hwy 160
Sand Ponds - Hwy W4, Naylor
THE BOWLING CENTER - 573-996-9714- Hwy 160 4 miles East of Doniphan
Doniphan - 573-996-2616 - 207 Locust St. - email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Naylor - 573-399-2225 - PO Box 193 - email:email@example.com
CURRENT RIVER HERITAGE MUSEUM - 573-996-5298 - Downtown
HERITAGE PARK - 573-996-5298 - Downtown
RIPLEY COUNTY FARMERS MARKET - Downtown every Saturday - May through October - 8a.m. - noon
PIONEER HERITAGE HOMESTEAD & BLACKSMITH SHOP - 573-996-5298 - One block South of the Courthouse
June Bug's Flea Market - 573-718-6348 - Downtown
Oldies & Goodies - 573-996-3532 - Downtown
Vintage Village Flea Market - 573-429-8669 - 224 E Highway Street
GOLF - Sycamore Hills Golf Course - 573-996-2900 - Hwy 142 East, Doniphan
Civil War Days - 3rd weekend in April - Call 573-996-5298 for details
Independence Day Celebration to be announced - Call 573-996-2212 for details
Labor Day Parade - Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend - Call 573-996-2212 for details
Ripley County Fair - 1st full week in September - Call 573-996-2148 for details