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in the Ouachita Valley
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Camden, Arkansas 71701
"A River Basin of Opportunity, 
A Century Plus of Commitment"

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Ouachita-Black Navigation Project 
System Features


  • 330 miles of dependable year-round navigation from Camden, Ark., to the Red River.

  • Four locks and dams, with lock chambers 84 feet wide by 600 feet long.

  • Navigation channel is maintained to 9-foot depth and 100-foot width.


  • 21 Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas along the Ouachita-Black and its tributaries. Annual visitation: 700,000

  • Total visitation, to include state, local and private entities: 2 million.

Water Supply

  • Cities of Monroe, La., and Malvern, Arkadelphia, Camden and Hot Springs, Ark., depend on the Ouachita River for their needs.

  • Nine major industries use the river for raw water supply and control of effluent releases.

  • Numerous agricultural withdrawal stations for crop irrigation.

Fish & Wildlife Conservation

  • Two national wildlife refuges in Arkansas (Felsenthal and Upper Ouachita) with a combined acreage of 105,500 acres adjacent to the river.

  • D-Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, 15,500 acres in Louisiana.