Description - There are 15 lakes all across the state and eight locks and dams found along the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River is one of the Mississippi's largest tributaries. It flows 1,450 miles from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through the Royal Gorge, on through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas to its confluence with the Mississippi River. Four hundred and forty-five miles long with 17 locks and dams, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MCKARNS) is a reliable, year-round waterway into the Southwest. Essentially a series of navigation pools connected by locks, the waterway enables vessels to overcome a 420-foot difference in elevation from the Mississippi River to the head of navigation at Catoosa, Oklahoma. The waterway has five major publicly developed ports and numerous privately developed facilities.
- Arkansas lakes and reservoirs, the state park system and the Arkansas River provide a wide variety of attractions for family outings, avid fishermen, water sports and campinmg.
Recreation - The lakes and reservoirs offer plenty of boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and scuba diving activities. Hiking trails and camp sites are abundant.
Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February.
Arkansas lakes are located throughout the state and the majority of reservoirs are found along the Arkansas River. Maps are avialble on the individual pages.