• Little Post Bayou at Sunset

    Arkansas Post

    National Memorial Arkansas

Rivers and Streams

Lock number 2

Lock number 2 on the Arkansas Post Canal.

(NPS Photo)

The Arkansas River has long served as an important transportation corridor into the interior of North America; first for American Indians and later for European explorers and trappers. Today, the Arkansas River is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The corps maintains a navigable channel on the river all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The locks and dams on the river have raised the river substantially over its historic level, resulting in the inundation of lowlands surrounding the park, including the post bayou and post bend areas.

Did You Know?

traill's fly catcher - by Auduban

John James Audubon, the famous American Ornithologist, described, painted and named the Traill's flycatcher while at Arkansas Post in the spring of 1822. The Traill's Flycatcher is now thought to be nearly extinct due to habitat loss caused by agricultural development.