This FB page was created to celebrate the natural beauty of Oklahoma's Arkansas River. Oklahoma paid the Cherokee Nation $8 million for resources it had collected from the riverbeds. The river originates in central Colorado on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains, where it created the Royal Gorge. Where the Arkansas River leaves Oklahoma It runs free and rambles, muddy and wide Where the Arkansas River leaves Oklahoma It's gone forever and never looks back I met her in Stillwell, she just turned twenty A spirited beauty like I've never known And me a dirt farmer who lived by the river But she said she loved me and the free life I owned The river reached flood stage on May 10 and did not go below flood stage at Pine Bluff, AR until June 4. * Width of 150 feet on the Verdigris River Station Number Station name Date/Time Gage height, feet Dis-charge, ft3/s Long-term median flow 12/25 Benton County, Arkansas 1 (Norman: Oklahoma Geological Survey, 1998). ARTICLE . A major tributary of the Mississippi River, the Arkansas River generally flows to the east and southeast, through the states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.At 1,469 miles long, it is the sixth longest river in the United States and the second-longest tributary in the Mississippi-Missouri system. The falls created a strong current or, if the water was low, impossible shoals to pass, delaying boats for weeks. At 2,364 kilometers (1,469 miles), the Arkansas is the sixth longest river in the United States, the second-longest tributary in the Mississippi-Missouri system, and the 45th longest river in the world. Available data for this site Click to hide station-specific text Station operated in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers. The Civil War and then the development of railroads led to the steamboats' decline. Every single county in Oklahoma is under a state of emergency, and evacuations are in effect along the flooded Arkansas River as intense rains are straining aging dams and levees. ARTICLE . It runs through the states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System crosses the state of Arkansas into Oklahoma traversing the state until it reaches the confluence of the Arkansas and Verdigris River where the navigation channel follows the Verdigris River terminating fifty-one miles upstream at the Port of Catoosa, near Tulsa, Oklahoma. At 1,469 miles, the Arkansas River is the sixth-longest river in the United States. Arkansas River flooding has already triggered the evacuation of hundreds of people in Oklahoma, including areas just west of Tulsa. The following (as per The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition) is the preferred citation for articles:Larry O'Dell, “Arkansas River,” The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=AR010. The Arkansas-Oklahoma River Compact Commission Oklahoma has since regulated the agreement. Several prominent reservoirs are labeled. PHOTO GALLERY . This station managed by the Tulsa field office. Periodic low-water conditions in the Arkansas River are tempting people to take advantage of exposed and vulnerable fish. Some have made claims that the richest gold discoveries on the Arkansas River were along streams that drain the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma.Some of the land here is public land that is open to prospecting. * 18 Locks, each 110 feet wide and 600 feet long. References & Resources. Additional rounds of rain will exacerbate ongoing flooding for hard-hit communities near the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers. The 445-mile navigation channel begins at the confluence of the White and Mississippi Rivers and proceeds one-half mile upstream on the White River to the Montgomery Point Lock and Dam. In 1965 Oklahoma agreed to enter into the Kansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Basin Compact to promote mutual consideration and equity over the basin's water usage between the two states. This is the official public website of the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Copyright to all articles and other content in the online and print versions of The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History is held by the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS). USGS 07194555 Arkansas River at Gore, OK. In 1834 Fort Coffee was located on the river in present Le Flore County to stem the flow of illegal alcohol into the territory. Aerial imagery taken over eastern Oklahoma, on May 26, 2018, before the flood, then during the Arkansas River Valley flood on May 30, 2019. 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