Arkansas Waterways Commission

Our Rivers. Our Responsibility.



Did you know that Arkansas is THIRD in our nation in the number of inland waterway miles? Arkansas is one of only 24 states in the United States to have the unique resource of inland waterways.

For more information on each of Arkansas' navigable rivers, click the links to the left.

The Mississippi River forms the eastern border of the state. This mighty river is the main trade corridor for goods produced in the northern part of the U.S. traveling to gateway ports near the Gulf of Mexico.

The Arkansas, Ouachita, Red and White Rivers are also important transportation routes serving Arkansas. As trade between the U.S. and Latin America grows, the importance of Arkansas waterways and the strategic location of the state will enhance manufacturing and distribution opportunities. Arkansas enjoys one of the largest inventories of navigable waterways in the nation with 1800 miles along five rivers. 

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