CURRENT RIVER STATE PARK
About Current River State Park
With views of the scenic Current River and a history as a corporate retreat, Current River State Park offers a peaceful haven for today’s visitor.
Current River State Park is built around the former retreat of the Alton Box Board Co. of Alton, Ill. Constructed during the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Alton Club buildings themselves reflect the rustic architectural style used by the National Park Service in the early part of the 20th century. In addition to overnight lodging, activities offered at the Alton Club included floating, fishing, swimming, tennis, horseback riding and golf.
Today’s visitors to Current River State Park can enjoy hiking trails, two lakes and picnic sites. Park staff provides tours of the historic Alton Club buildings and explains the park’s history.
Natural Resource Aide
Roger Pryor Backcountry
Assist park staff with trail maintenance. Duties can include:
- While using park trails as a hiker: assist visitors as needed and help with trail maintenance. • Help visitors by: wearing a volunteer patch or ID badge so they feel safer and know you can help if needed, give directions (carry extra trail maps) and help if there is need (i.e. injury or illness) and by asking people to abide by the dog-on-leash rule (which visitors appreciate).
- Help with trail maintenance by: picking up and removing litter (carry trash bag), move woody debris from the trail (bring hand saw for cutting small trees like 3” or less in diameter), report woody debris too large for you to move, check on/report/replace trail signs and plastic blazes.
- Helpful skills include physical ability to get out on the trails, map reading skills and ability to be pleasant with visitors.
- Equipment: Appropriate footwear and clothing.