Information about the McClellan-Kerr
Arkansas River Navigation System
448 Miles of River Highway in the Middle of the U.S.
The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is our nation’s most inland waterway and is accessible to ocean commerce. It is a twelve-month navigable stream capable of handling barges which traverse the entire inland waterway system from New Orleans and Houston to Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. Shipping by water is the most energy efficient as well as the most cost competitive form of transportation. This website and accompanying documents are produced jointly by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Our mission is to provide useful information on the Arkansas-Oklahoma portion of the nation’s inland waterway navigation system.
The MKARNS, completed in 1971, is now over 40 years old and the infrastructure is aging and in need of annual upkeep and maintenance. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) budget over the last several years has not been sufficient to keep up with the needs and maintenance of the system. See the link below to discover more about this waterway and what makes the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System so important for America.
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