ELLSINORE, MISSOURI – Where the Ozarks Really Begins
Ellsinore, Missouri is the first Ozark community west of Poplar Bluff on US Highway 60. Centered deep within the Mark Twain National Forrest, Ellsinore offers a wide array of outdoor activities. Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area offers visitors a daily use park featuring a picnic area, hiking trails, and fishing access. The nearest Current River access is located just 12 miles away at Hunter landing, deep within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Other local attractions include Ozark Trail access, Markham Springs, and Clearwater Lake just due north. Be sure to explore Ellsinore along with all the other See Current River communities.
The City of Ellsinore is located in Carter County, Missouri approximately 23 miles east of Van Buren on U.S. highway 60. Incorporated in 1913, our small town of about 446 people can be found nestled deep within the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri. Special thanks to Charles Hampton and Kennith Leach for their contributions to the community page. www.Ellsinore.com
Ellsinore City Police
Carter County Sheriff
Toll Free: 866-323-4510
Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop G
Emergency only: 1-800-525-5555
Carter County Zone Office: 573-323-8588
All other calls: 417-569-3121
Markham Springs Recreation Area – Located adjacent to the Black River, at Markham Springs six springs pour almost 5 million gallons of water a day into the pond, and the bubble spring. This recreation area consists of a small modern campground, primitive camping; a day use area with a 2-acre, 20 foot deep mill pond that dates back to the 1800s. Several picnic sites and river access. For additional Information on Resort Rentals or the springs visit www.markhamsprings.com
The Gulf – Blue Hole – Wayne County features a massive sinkhole and underground lake known as the Blue Hole. It’s also called “The Gulf,” an accurate name for the deep void that opens to the surface. The rim is 40 feet above the surface of the water below. Watch your step! This site is listed in Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri. The Blue Hole opens into a cave that extends 500 feet beneath the hillside. The lake within the cave has been explored to a depth of 200 feet.
Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area – Pinewoods Lake was built in the late 1970s to provide fishing and other recreation opportunities. The Recreation Area is open year-round for Day Use with a managed season of May 1 through October 1.