RIVERS/STREAMS

Crooked Creek

Described as "the blue-ribbon smallmouth bass fishing stream of the state," Crooked Creek is found in the north central part of Arkansas. It originates near Dogpatch in NewtonCounty, flows north and then east through Boone County, and continues east across Marion County where it empties into the White River. Along the way it passes through the communities of Harrison, Pyatt, and Yellville, but most of its journey is through ruralcountryside.CharacteristicsAs it meanders across northern Arkansas on the way to theWhite River, Crooked Creek p...

Save the Buffalo - Again!

February 21, 2017SAVE THE BUFFALO RIVER…AGAIN!  OUR NATIONAL PARKS…OUR TREASURESNational parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and Arkansas’s Buffalo National River are undoubtedly national treasures. Not only do these national parks provide rich, national history and breathtaking, natural beauty, but they also benefit the overall economy where they are located.If you have lived in the Natural State very long, then there is no doubt that at one point in your life you have visited one of our most beloved areas of the state, ...

Watersheds and the Watershed Approach

We all live in a watershed  — the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. Working together using a watershed approach will help protect our nation's water resources. Use this interactive map to locate your part of the White River.The watershed approach is the most effective framework to address today's water resource challenges. Watersheds supply drinking water, provide recreation and respite, and sustain life. More ...

What is a Watershed Management Plan?

A Watershed Management Plan is an important tool for any group looking to improve their local lake, river or stream. Put simply, a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) identifies water quality problems in your watershed, proposes solutions, and creates a strategy for putting those solutions in action. Watershed Management Plans take a long-term, comprehensive approach, which has proven to be successful in a number of watersheds. Like a road map directing you from the start to finish of your effort, it helps you create a strategic, targeted plan for ...

Baxter and Marion Counties - The Tail Water Section

Baxter and Marion Counties - The Tail Water Section Baxter and Marion Counties lie within the Ozark Plateaus physiographic province.  The Salem Plateau is located next to the Springfield and is exposed along northern and the eastern portions of Marion County and through central Baxter County. The Springfield Plateau has been strongly dissected by streams and possesses steep V -shaped valleys which are separated by moderately sloping, long, narrow, winding ridges. Side slopes range from12 to 50 percent. Many stream valleys are less tha...

Buffalo River Watershed

Friends of the Rivers acknowledges the impact of the Buffalo River to the health of the White River, including the tributaries that feed the Buffalo. The collaborative agency and non governmental/environmental  partners and their members join with members of Friends of the North Fork and White River in protecting and conserving this national treasure and the watershed involved.Current involvement led by Friends Board on behalf of members and subscribers involves of Friends of the Rivers ongoing support and collaborative efforts with t...

Izard County - Piney Creek

Izard County Most of lzard County lies within the Salem Plateau. Streams that drain into the White River in Izard County include Piney Creek, Mill Creek, Wideman Creek, Twin Creek, Lyons Creek, Hidden Creek, Rocky Bayou, and Lafferty Creek.About the Piney Creek WatershedPiney CreekPiney Creek is a winding tributary of the White River that begins in northern Izard County and flows about 18 miles to its confluence with the White, 3 miles downstream of Calico Rock. The watershed is composed primarily of hardwood and cedar forest, extensive li...

Stone County

Stone CountyStreams that drain into the White River in Stone County include South and North Sylamore and Livingston Creek.About the Sylamore Creek WatershedSylamore Creek is a clear predominantly spring-fed stream that originats in the Ozark Mountains of Northcentral Arkansas and empties into the White River 72.3 km above Batesville. Sylamore Creek is composed of two branches, North and South Sylamore, which comprise the bulk of the watershed. Both branches flow through extremely rugged and scenic country before joining to form Sylamore Creek p...

Twin Mountain

I am so proud to share the song Twin Mountain, written by Charley Sandage, and inspired by the sand mining challenges we face in Izard County. I saw Charley a few months back at a party and shared my concerns about the expansion of open quarry frac sand mining in the county. He said he could hear a song and this is what came out. Wow!Charley is a premier song writer and musician in Mountain View. He is known for the "Arkansas Stories" songs he wrote and his efforts to spread music, song and Arkansas history through the schools of our state. H...

Independence County

Independence CountyStreams flowing into the White River in Independence County include Flaherty Creek, Poke Bayou, Wolf Bayou, Greenbriar Creek and Salado Creek.About Lafferty Creek WatershedPoke BayouPolk (or Poke) Bayou feeds into the magnificent White River and is one of the Batesville area’s most historically important waterways. Aside from its prominent role in the establishment of the Batesville area, Polk Bayou has become a leading tourism draw. Polk Bayou offers visitors the chance to experience the natural beauty of the Batesville ar...

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