Park Service to Crack Down on Rowdy Behavior on SeMo Rivers

ST. LOUIS, MO - The National Park Service will crack down on drunken, rowdy behavior on the Current and Jacks Fork rivers this year.

Superintendent Noel Poe says he plans to sign new regulations by today governing use of the federally protected rivers in southern Missouri.

The rivers and surrounding land make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  They draw about 1.5 million visitors each year.

Poe says some people are misusing the rivers, and their behavior is driving away families, Scouts and others who want to enjoy the rivers' beauty.

For now, alcohol will not be banned.  However, park rangers will beef up efforts to address public intoxication, disorderly conduct and littering.  Beer kegs and beer bongs will be prohibited, as will blasting stereo systems, air horns and "dry ice bombs."

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