LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to the Arkansas River that even though the river is high it is still open for business as visitors from the region plan for a fun Memorial Day holiday weekend.
A number of campsites along the Arkansas River have been affected by the higher river flows. Parks with closures are: Cherokee, Clear Creek, Huff’s Island, Sheppard’s Island and Trulock.
But Army Corps of Engineers officials caution visitors that a small craft advisory is still in effect and do not recommend boating or swimming on the river.
During high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft.
Small craft advisories are issued when flows exceed 70,000 cubic feet per second. Flows on the Arkansas River downstream of Little Rock will be cresting near 230,000 c.f.s. during the next few days. Following the crest, flows are expected to fall to the 150,000 c.f.s. range and remain there through mid-June.
More rain could push flows higher or cause the advisory to remain in effect longer. Daily river information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.
Release no. 17-099