List of rivers of Arkansas facts for kids

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List of rivers in Arkansas (U.S. state).

For a list of dams and reservoirs in Arkansas, see List of Arkansas dams and reservoirs Rivers are listed by drainage basin, by size, and alphabetically.

By drainage basin

This list is arranged by drainage basin, with respective tributaries indented under each larger stream's name.

Red River

Red watershed
Red River Drainage Basin
Ouachita watershed
Ouachita Drainage Basin
  • Mississippi River
    • Red River
      • Black River (LA)
        • Tensas River (LA)
          • Bayou Macon
        • Ouachita River
          • Boeuf River
          • Bayou D'Arbonne (LA)
            • Cornie Bayou
          • Bayou Bartholomew
          • Saline River
            • Hurricane Creek
          • Moro Creek
          • Smackover Creek
          • Little Missouri River
            • Terre Noire Creek
            • Terre Rouge Creek
            • Antoine River
          • Caddo River
      • Loggy Bayou (LA)
        • Flat River (LA)
          • Red Chute Bayou (LA)
            • Bodcau Bayou and Creek
        • Bayou Dorcheat
      • Sulphur River
      • McKinney Bayou
      • Little River
        • Saline River
        • Cossatot River
          • Little Cossatot River
        • Rolling Fork
        • Mountain Fork

Arkansas River

Arkansas River map
Arkansas River
  • Mississippi River
    • Arkansas River
      • Bayou Meto
      • Little Maumelle River
      • Maumelle River
      • Fourche La Fave River
        • South Fourche La Fave River
      • Cadron Creek
      • Point Remove Creek
      • Petit Jean River
      • Illinois Bayou
      • Big Piney Creek
      • Mulberry River
      • Poteau River
        • James Fork
      • Lee Creek
      • Illinois River
        • Flint Creek
          • Sager Creek
      • Neosho River (OK)
        • Elk River (OK)
          • Big Sugar Creek
          • Little Sugar Creek
            • Tanyard Creek

White River

White River AR
White River Drainage Basin
  • Mississippi River
    • White River
      • Arkansas Post Canal
      • La Grue Bayou
      • Big Creek
      • Cache River
        • Bayou De View
      • Bayou des Arc
      • Little Red River
      • Village Creek
      • Black River
        • Strawberry River
          • Little Strawberry River
        • Spring River
          • Eleven Point River
        • Fourche River
        • Current River
          • Little Black River
      • North Fork River
        • Bennetts River
      • Buffalo River
        • Little Buffalo River
      • Crooked Creek
      • Kings River

St. Francis River

By size

Rivers are measured by their mean annual flow of water in cubic feet per second (cfs). One cubic foot equals .0283 cubic meters.

River cubic feet per second flow Location of monitoring station Notes
Mississippi River 671,500 near Vicksburg, Mississippi
Arkansas River 47,970 Murray Dam, near Little Rock
White River 26,760 near De Valls Bluff
Red River 19,230 near Spring Bank
Ouachita River 11,012 near Louisiana border
St. Francis 10,000 below junction with L'Anguille River estimated from limited data from US Army Corps of Engineers. See notes, below
Black River 9,893 near Elgin Ferry
Little River 4,621 near Millwood Lake no measurement gauge nearby; probably 1,000 - 2,000 cfs higher flow
Current River 2,802 near Doniphan, Missouri
Saline River 2,629 near Rye
Little Red River 1,777 near Dewey
Spring River 1,432 near Imboden
Buffalo River 1,379 near Harriet
Cache River 1,369 near Cotton Plant
Bayou Bartholomew 1,221 near Portland
Eleven Point River 1,157 near Ravenden Springs
L'Anguille River 1,085 near Palestine
Petit Jean River 828 near Danville
Crooked Creek 669 near Yellville
Illinois River 622 near Siloam Springs larger downstream in Oklahoma
Kings River 582 near Berryville
Mulberry River 557 near Mulberry
Lee Creek 531 near Van Buren
Big Piney Creek 481 near Dover
Smackover Creek 415 near Smackover
Saline River 385 near Lockesburg
Illinois Bayou 379 near Scottsville
Mammoth Spring 351 near Mammoth Spring
War Eagle Creek 295 near Hindsville
Antoine Creek 278 near Antoine
Cadron Creek 271 near Guy
Caddo River 266 near Caddo Gap upper course, larger downstream
West Fork Point Remove Creek 257 near Hattieville
Moro Creek 256 near Fordyce
Bayou Macon 240 near Eudora
South Fork of Little Red River 238 near Clinton
Cossatot River 187 near Vandervoort upper course, larger downstream
Richland Creek 179 near Goshen
West Fork White River 166 near Fayetteville
Little Missouri River 148 near Langley
James Fork 147 near Hackett
Osage Creek 134 near Elm Springs
Richland Creek 118 near Witts Spring
Bear Creek 108 near Silver Hill
Rolling Fork River  ? no measurement gauge, but hundreds of cfs
Strawberry River  ? no measurement gauge, but hundreds of cfs

Notes and sources: There are two Richland Creeks and two Saline Rivers in Arkansas. Flow of rivers differs substantially between years and seasons. Source for all rivers except St. Francis is the "USGS Water-Data Report -- 2012" at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=flow&group_key=basin_cd; The flow of the St. Francis River flow is estimated from US Army Corps of Engineers data at http://w3.mvm.usace.army.mil/hydraulics/docs/historic/sfdata/sf13284d

Alphabetically

  • Antoine River
  • Arkansas River
  • Bayou De View
  • Bayou des Arc
  • Bayou Macon
  • Bennetts River
  • Big Piney Creek
  • Big Sugar Creek
  • Black River
  • Boeuf River
  • Buffalo River (Buffalo National River)
  • Cache River
  • Caddo River
  • Cossatot River
  • Current River
  • Dorcheat Bayou
  • Eleven Point River
  • Flint Creek
  • Fourche La Fave River
  • Fourche River
  • Glazypeau Creek
  • Illinois River
  • James Fork
  • Kings River
  • L'Anguille River
  • L'Eau Frais Creek
  • Lee Creek
  • Little Antoine River
  • Little Black River
  • Little Buffalo River
  • Little Cossatot River
  • Little Maumelle River
  • Little Missouri River
  • Little Red River
  • Little River (Red River) in southwestern Arkansas
  • Little River (St. Francis River) in northeastern Arkansas
  • Little Strawberry River
  • Little Sugar Creek
  • Maumelle River
  • Mississippi River
  • Mountain Fork
  • Mulberry River
  • North Fork River
  • Ouachita River
  • Petit Jean River
  • Poteau River
  • Red River
  • Rolling Fork
  • Sager Creek
  • St. Francis River
  • Saline River (Little River) in southwestern Arkansas
  • Saline River (Ouachita River) in southern Arkansas
  • Spring River
  • Strawberry River
  • Sulphur River
  • Tanyard Creek
  • Tyronza River
  • White River
  • USGS Hydrologic Unit Map - State of Arkansas (1974)

List of rivers of Arkansas Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.