Tag Archives: McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS)

Carr receives Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

Col. Christopher Hussin, Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander presented Todd Carr with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service on July 12, 2018. Carr works in the Tulsa District Navigation section. His efforts enable operation and repairs of the Oklahoma portion of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Navigation Chart Cover

The 445-mile Arkansas River Navigation Channel begins at the confluence of the White and Mississippi Rivers and proceeds one-half mile upstream on the White River to the Montgomery Point Lock and Dam.  From there the channel proceeds nine miles upstream on the White River to the man-made Arkansas Post Canal, and then nine miles through the canal to the Arkansas River.  The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System crosses the state of Arkansas into Oklahoma traversing the state until it reaches the confluence of the Arkansas and Verdigris River where the navigation channel follows the Verdigris River terminating fifty-one miles upstream at the Port of Catoosa, near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This guy travelled by boat from Oklahoma to Louisiana

Jason Marshall of Catoosa, Oklahoma took a 26 foot sailboat from Rogers Point near the Tulsa Port of Catoosa on the Verdigris River all the way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana via the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System during a two-leg, 28 day trip.

After arriving in Little Rock, Arkansas, Marshall returned to work for several days and was then joined by his friend, Doug Lewis, a retired Tulsa firefighter.

The MKARNS is a 445-mile, 18 Lock and Dam Navigation System built to promote interstate and international commerce.

The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages five locks in Oklahoma, beginning at Newt Graham, Lock and Dam 18 and ending at W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 14. The Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 13 locks and dams in Arkansas all the way to the White River, which allows waterborne vessels access to the Mississippi River.

For more information about the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers please visit www.swt.usace.army.mil