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Little Arkansas River
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The Little Arkansas River near Sedgwick, Kansas
Other name(s) Ne Shuta Shinka River
Country United States
State Kansas
Physical characteristics
Main source Ellsworth County, Kansas
1,759 ft (536 m)
River mouth Arkansas River
Wichita, Kansas
1,283 ft (391 m)
Length 123 mi (198 km)
  • Location:
    USGS 07144200 at Valley Center, KS
  • Minimum rate:
    1.1 cu ft/s (0.031 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    315 cu ft/s (8.9 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    28,600 cu ft/s (810 m3/s)
Basin features
Watersheds Little Arkansas-Arkansas-

The Little Arkansas River (/ɑːrˈkænzəs/ ar-KAN-zəs) is a river in the central Great Plains of North America. A tributary of the Arkansas River, its entire 123-mile (198 km) length lies within the American state of Kansas.


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The confluence of the Little Arkansas and Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas.

The river originates in central Kansas in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains. Its source lies in extreme south-central Ellsworth County immediately north of Geneseo, Kansas. From there, the river flows generally south-southeast along the border between the Arkansas River Lowlands to the southwest and the McPherson Lowlands to the northeast. It joins the Arkansas River immediately northwest of downtown Wichita, Kansas.

Points of interest

A statue, The Keeper of the Plains by local artist Blackbear Bosin, marks the confluence of these two rivers.

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