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Encyclopedia > Arkansas River
The Arkansas River flows through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
The Arkansas River flows through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
The headwaters of the Arkansas near Leadville, Colorado
The headwaters of the Arkansas near Leadville, Colorado
Drought can reduce the Arkansas River so much that the trees along the river die.
Drought can reduce the Arkansas River so much that the trees along the river die.

The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River. The Arkansas generally flows to the east and southeast, and traverses the states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Image File history File links Arkansas_River_map. ... Image File history File links Arkansas_River_map. ... Headwaters of the Arkansas River in Lake County, Colorado northeast of Leadville (taken Oct. ... Headwaters of the Arkansas River in Lake County, Colorado northeast of Leadville (taken Oct. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 1221 KB) View of the Arkansas River between the Kansas cities of Dodge City and Garden City, likely in Gray County. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 1221 KB) View of the Arkansas River between the Kansas cities of Dodge City and Garden City, likely in Gray County. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest river in the United States; the longest is the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Official language(s) none Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,732 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ...


At 1450 miles (2334 km) it is the fourth longest river in the United States. Its origin is in the Colorado Rockies in Lake County near Leadville, and its outlet is at the historic site of Napoleon, Arkansas. It is the 2nd longest tributary in the Mississippi-Missouri system, with a drainage basin of nearly 195,000 sq. mi. (505,000 km²) (See watershed maps: 1) In terms of volume it is smaller than both the Missouri and Ohio, with a mean discharge of 8,460 cfs. It is navigable by barges and large river craft thanks to a series of dams that turn it into reservoirs, from its mouth to Tulsa, Oklahoma. From Tulsa to near its headwaters, it is navigable by small craft such as rafts, canoes, and kayaks. It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Moraine Lake, and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a broad mountain range in western North America. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... View of Mount Massive looking west from Harrison Street in downtown Leadville Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. ... The historic site of Napoleon, Arkansas is in the U.S. state of Arkansas, near the confluent of the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (yellow outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (blue lines) of a contiguous area. ...


The Arkansas has three distinct characters in its long path through central North America.
At its headwaters the Arkansas runs as a steep mountain torrent through the Rockies, dropping 4600 feet (1.4 km) in 120 miles (193 km). At Cañon City, Colorado, it leaves the mountains and enters Royal Gorge. This section sees extensive Whitewater rafting in the spring and summer. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Located in Cañon Citys National Historic District, the St. ... Royal Gorge (also Grand Canyon of the Arkansas) is a canyon on the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado. ... Rafting is a recreational activity utilizing a raft to navigate a river or other body of water. ...


For most of its length through the rest of Colorado and Kansas, it is a typical Great Plains riverway, with wide shallow banks, subject to seasonal flooding. Tributaries include the Cimarron River flowing from NE New Mexico and the Salt Fork Arkansas River The Great Plains is the broad expanse of prairie which lies east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada. ... The Cimarron is a river in the USA. It rises near Folsom, New Mexico, and flows through New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas before reaching the Arkansas above Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... The Salt Fork at Tonkawa, Oklahoma The Salt Fork near Alva, Oklahoma The Salt Fork of the Arkansas River is a tributary of the Arkansas River, 192 mi (309 km) long, in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma in the United States. ...


Important cities along the Lower Arkansas include: Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Nickname: Air Capital Location in the state of Kansas County Sedgwick Mayor Carlos Mayans Area    - City 359. ... Nickname: Oil Capital of the World, Americas Most Beautiful City Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: Country United States State Oklahoma Counties Tulsa, Osage, Wagoner, Rogers Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area    - City 483. ... Nickname: Rocktown, The Rock, Capital City Coordinates: Country United States State Arkansas County Pulaski Founded 1821 Incorporated 1831 Mayor Jim Dailey Mayor-Elect: Mark Stodola [1] Area    - City 302. ...


The I-40 Bridge Disaster of May 2002 took place on I-40's crossing of the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Webbers Falls is a town located in Muskogee County, Oklahoma. ...

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Inland waterway system with Kerr/McClellan Navigational Channel shown in red.
Inland waterway system with Kerr/McClellan Navigational Channel shown in red.

The Kerr/McClellan Navigational Channel (also sometimes referred to as the Arkansas River Navigation System)
begins at Catoosa, Oklahoma and runs via an extensive Lock and Dam system to the Mississippi. Inland waterway system with Kerr/McClellan Navigational Channel shown in red. ... Image File history File links Kerr-McClellan_map. ... Image File history File links Kerr-McClellan_map. ... The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is located in the city of Catoosa in Rogers County, just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. ...

Lower Arkansas River
Lower Arkansas River

Through Oklahoma and Arkansas, dams artificially deepen and widen this modest sized river to build it into a commercially navigable body of water somewhere between Fort Smith, Arkansas and Pine Bluff, according to the season. From this point to its mouth, the Arkansas sustains commercial barge traffic and offers passenger and recreational use and is little more than a series of reservoirs. Arkansas River from Army Corps of Engineers File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Fort Smith is a city situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Arkansas County Jefferson Founded 1832 Incorporated 1839 Mayor Carl Redus Area    - City 121. ...


Watershed trails

Many nations of Native Americans lived near or along the Arkansas in its 1450 mile (2334 km) stretch, but the first Europeans to see the river were members of the Coronado expedition on June 29, 1541. Also in the 1540s Hernando de Soto discovered the junction of the Arkansas with the Mississippi. The name "Arkansas" was first applied by Father Jacques Marquette, who called the river Akansa in his journal of 1673. Native Americans are the indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States, including parts of Alaska down to their descendants in modern times. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... Events The first official translation of the entire Bible in Swedish February 12 - Pedro de Valdivia founds Santiago de Chile. ... Events and Trends 1541 Hernando de Soto is the first European to see the Mississippi River. ... Hernando de Soto. ... Father Jacques Marquette (French: Père Jacques Marquette) (June 10, 1637–May 18, 1675) and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to see and map the Mississippi River. ... 1673 (MDCLXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ...


From 1819 the Adams-Onís Treaty set the Arkansas as part of the frontier between the United States and Spanish Mexico, which it remained until the annexation of Texas and Mexican-American War in 1846. 1819 common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819 (formally titled the Treaty of Amity, Settlement, and Limits Between the United States of America and His Catholic Majesty, and also known as the Transcontinental Treaty of 1819, and sometimes the Florida Purchase Treaty) was a historic agreement between the United States and... Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Combatants United States Mexico Commanders Zachary Taylor Winfield Scott Stephen W. Kearney Antonio López de Santa Anna Mariano Arista Pedro de Ampudia Strength 7,000 - 43,000 18,000 - 40,000 Casualties KIA: 1,733 Total dead: 13,283 Wounded: 4,152 25,000 killed or wounded (Mexican government... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Later, the Santa Fe Trail followed the Arkansas through much of Kansas except for the Cimarron Cutoff from Cimarron, Kansas to Cimarron, New Mexico via Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Trail logo The Santa Fe Trail was a historic 19th century transportation route across southwestern North America connecting Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... Cimarron is a city located in Gray County, Kansas. ... Cimarron is a village located in Colfax County, New Mexico. ... Cimarron County is a county located in the state of Oklahoma. ...


Pronunciations

Whitewater kayaking on the Arkansas River
Whitewater kayaking on the Arkansas River

Though many in the state of Kansas pronounce it as "ahr-KAN-zuhs" (as the city of Arkansas City, Kansas is pronounced), the most common pronunciation for the river is "AHR-kan-saw", as the state of Arkansas is pronounced according to a state law passed in 1881. Download high resolution version (1855x2405, 1591 KB)This is a picture taken of me kayaking File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (1855x2405, 1591 KB)This is a picture taken of me kayaking File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a river. ... Official language(s) none Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Arkansas City is a city located in Cowley County, Kansas, at the confluence of the Arkansas and Walnut Rivers. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,732 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ...


See also

This is a partial list of rivers in the state of Colorado in the United States. ... This is a list of rivers in the State of Kansas Arkansas River Beaver River Big Blue River Chikaskia River Cimarron River Cottonwood River Delaware River Elk River Fall River Grouse River Kansas River Little Arkansas River Marais des Cygnes River Missouri River Neosho River Ninnescah River Republican River Saline... This is a list of rivers in the state of Oklahoma Arkansas River Beaver River Canadian River Caney River Cimarron River Deep Fork River Illinois River Kiamichi River Neosho River North Canadian River Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River Red River Salt Fork Arkansas River Salt Fork Red River Verdigris... This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ...

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Arkansas River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (518 words)
The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi which flows east and southeast through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma territories and then into the state of Arkansas.
Many nations of Native Americans lived near or along the Arkansas in its 1450 mile (2334 km) stretch, but the first Europeans to see the river were members of the Coronado expedition on June 29, 1541.
From 1819 the Adams-Onís Treaty set the Arkansas as part of the frontier between the United States and Spanish Mexico, which it remained until the annexation of Texas and Mexican-American War in 1846.
White River (Arkansas) - encyclopedia article about White River (Arkansas). (1415 words)
The source of the White River is in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas near Fayetteville.
The upper portions of the river are fast, cold, and clear and are internationally known for producing world-record trout.
Once the river enters the Mississipi River Delta region near Batesville, Arkansas the river becomes navigable to shallow-draft vessels and its speed decreases considerably.
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