Black River (Arkansas)

Black River

Map of major Missouri rivers
Main source Confluence of the East Fork and Middle Fork near Lesterville, Missouri
640 ft (200 m)
37°26′28″N 90°50′01″W / 37.4411111°N 90.8336111°W / 37.4411111; -90.8336111
River mouth Confluence with the White River northwest of Newport, Arkansas
203 ft (62 m)
35°38′24″N 91°19′18″W / 35.64°N 91.3216667°W / 35.64; -91.3216667Coordinates: 35°38′24″N 91°19′18″W / 35.64°N 91.3216667°W / 35.64; -91.3216667
Progression Black River → White → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Physical characteristics
Length 300 mi (480 km)
GNIS ID 66965
The Black River in Missouri is popular with canoers and rafters.

The Black River is a tributary of the White River, about 300 miles (480 km) long,[1] in southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas in the United States.[2] Via the White River, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed. Black River Technical College is named for the river.

Headwaters and course

The Black River rises in Missouri as three streams:

The headwaters forks converge near Lesterville, and the Black River flows generally southwardly through Reynolds, Wayne and Butler Counties in Missouri; and Clay, Randolph and Lawrence Counties in Arkansas. In its lowermost course the river is used to define the boundary between Independence and Jackson Counties. It flows past the towns of Mill Spring, Williamsville and Poplar Bluff in Missouri; and Pocahontas, Black Rock, and Powhatan in Arkansas. It joins the White River at Jacksonport, Arkansas.


A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam in Wayne County, Missouri, causes the river to form Clearwater Lake.


In Arkansas, the Black River is joined by the Little Black River, the Current River, the Spring River and the Strawberry River.

See also


  1. Archived September 10, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Black River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-09-11.

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