The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River System & Our Mission

448 Miles of River Highway in the Middle of the U.S.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is our nationís 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 nationís inland waterway navigation system.

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Save the Date - AOPOA Board Meeting and
Navigation Workshop!


Mark your calendars now

AOPOA Membership Meeting and Navigation Workshop:

September 5-6, 2018

Hard Rock Hotel & Convention Center
777 W Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK

On behalf of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Port Operators Association (AOPOA) we would like to congratulate the following individuals on being nominated for the Arkansas River Hall of Fame.†

The Arkansas River Historical Society established the "Hall of Fame" in 1991.† The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those persons who have performed significant and outstanding service in the development of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

The Hall of Fame is a tribute to the perseverance individuals exhibited while refusing to abandon their belief that navigation on the Arkansas River was feasible.†

Please plan to attend the Arkansas River Hall of Fame Luncheon and Induction Ceremony on September 5, 2018, 11:30 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Event Center in Catoosa, OK.† If you have registered or are planning to register to attend the AOPOA Annual Meeting and MKARNS Navigation Workshop September 5-6, the Luncheon and Induction Ceremony are included in your registration fee.†

If you would like to attend the Luncheon and Induction Ceremony only, the cost will be $30.00/person.† Please contact Kimbra Scott at 918-682-7886 or e-mail us for more information.†



MKARNS Waterway - Both Essential and in Danger

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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Watch video on the importance of the Navigation System

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/206494036


AOPOA Summer Newsletter Now Available for Download

Current News, the newsletter for the AOPOA (Spring/Summer, 2018 edition), is now available for download by clicking on the "Read More" button here.

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