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Surface water is present as rivers, streams (see; Streams and Rivers) swamps, wetlands, and natural and made-made lakes (see Lakes) and impoundments. These sources are so important to the State of Arkansas that billions of dollars have been spent and millions are spent every year to maintain our lakes and rivers for our use (see Use).There are five major drainage basins within the State. They are the Mississippi-St. Francis, the Arkansas, the White-Cache, the Ouachita, and the Red. These rivers are important sources of water and in places with major dams they form the state’s largest lakes.

The Mississippi, Arkansas and parts of the White and Ouachita rivers are important channels of barge commerce.
Major rivers, larger publicly-owned lakes and major drainage basins in Arkansas

Arkansas’ major rivers, larger publicly-owned lakes, and major drainage basins.


Howard, J.M., Colton, G.W., and Prior, W.L., eds., 1997, Mineral, fossil-fuel, and water
resources of Arkansas: Arkansas Geological Commission Bulletin 24

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