The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River System & Our Mission

448 Miles of River Highway in the Middle of the U.S.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is our nationís most inland waterway and is accessible to ocean commerce.† It is a twelve-month navigable stream capable of handling barges which traverse the entire inland waterway system from New Orleans and Houston to Pittsburgh and Minneapolis.† Shipping by water is the most energy efficient as well as the most cost competitive form of transportation. This website and accompanying documents are produced jointly by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.† Our mission is to provide useful information on the Arkansas-Oklahoma portion of the nationís inland waterway navigation system.

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Save the Date for the 2019 Membership
Meeting and Navigation Workshop

Save the Date for the 2020 IRPT Annual Conference

Save the Date: IRPT 2020 Annual Conference: April 20-22 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Reports from the 2018 AOPOA Board Meeting
and Navigation Workshop

On behalf of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Port Operators Association (AOPOA) we would like to congratulate
the following individuals on being inducted into the Arkansas River Hall of Fame.†

The Arkansas River Historical Society established the "Hall of Fame" in 1991.† The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those persons who have performed significant and outstanding service in the development of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Presentations from the meeting are now available, including USDOT StrongPorts, from Kirk Claussen, Maritime Administration; a presentation from Andrea Murdock-McDaniel, USACE, Southwest Division; an Overview of MKARNS Navigation - Project Partnership Agreements from J. McKinnie, USACE; and a presentation on the Past, Present and Future of the Inland Waterways System from Mark Knoy, American Commercial Barge Lines.

In addition, here is a link to the Three Rivers Feasibility Study video.

Please contact Kimbra Scott at 918-682-7886 or for more information.†

MKARNS Waterway - Both Essential and in Danger

The MKARNS, completed in 1971, is now over 40 years old and the infrastructure is aging and in need of annual upkeep and maintenance. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) budget over the last several years has not been sufficient to keep up with the needs and maintenance of the system. See the link below to discover more about this waterway and what makes the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System so important for America.

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Watch video on the importance of the Navigation System

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AOPOA Summer Newsletter Now Available for Download

Current News, the newsletter for the AOPOA (Spring/Summer, 2018 edition), is now available for download by clicking on the "Read More" button here.

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