Published Aug. 9, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -  The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River in Arkansas because recent heavy rains in Kansas and Oklahoma have caused flows to rise.   Another round of heavy rains are expected in the Tulsa area tonight which will cause the flows to continue to rise.  During the high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure crafts.


Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam at Fort Smith were about 79,000 cubic feet per second.  Flows at Dardanelle Lock and Dam at Russellville were 71,000 c.f.s. and climbing.  Flows at Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock are about 70,000 c.f.s. Flows at Wilbur D. Mills Dam in southeast Arkansas were about 67,000 c.f.s. and climbing and will exceed 70,000 c.f.s. Friday.


More rain could push flows higher or cause the advisory to remain in effect longer.  All pleasure boaters are urged to stay off the river until flows recede below 70,000 c.f.s.  Daily river information can be obtained on the Internet at or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching USACE Little Rock.


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Laurie Driver

Release no. 13-059