Little Arkansas River
Little Arkansas River
Ne Shuta Shinka River[1]
Little Arkansas River.jpg
The Little Arkansas River near Sedgwick, Kansas
Country United States
State Kansas
 - location Ellsworth County, Kansas
 - elevation 1,759 ft (536 m)
 - coordinates 38°31?46?N 98°09?18?W / 38.52944°N 98.15500°W / 38.52944; -98.15500
Mouth Arkansas River
 - location Wichita, Kansas
 - elevation 1,283 ft (391 m)
 - coordinates 37°41?29?N 97°20?57?W / 37.69139°N 97.34917°W / 37.69139; -97.34917Coordinates: 37°41?29?N 97°20?57?W / 37.69139°N 97.34917°W / 37.69139; -97.34917 [1]
Length 123 mi (198 km)
Discharge for USGS 07144200 at Valley Center, KS[2]
 - average 315 cu ft/s (9 m3/s)
 - max 28,600 cu ft/s (810 m3/s)
 - min 1.1 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Watersheds Little Arkansas-Arkansas-

The Little Arkansas River ( ar-KAN-z?s) is a river in the central Great Plains of North America. A tributary of the Arkansas River, its entire 123-mile (198 km) length lies within the American state of Kansas.[3]


The confluence of the Little Arkansas and Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas.

The river originates in central Kansas in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[3][4] Its source lies in extreme south-central Ellsworth County immediately north of Geneseo, Kansas.[4][5] From there, the river flows generally south-southeast along the border between the Arkansas River Lowlands to the southwest and the McPherson Lowlands to the northeast.[4] It joins the Arkansas River immediately northwest of downtown Wichita, Kansas.[4][6]

Points of interest

A statue, The Keeper of the Plains by local artist Blackbear Bosin, marks the confluence of these two rivers.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Little Arkansas River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Water-Data Report 2013 - 07144200 Little Arkansas River at Valley Center, KS" (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 29, 2011
  4. ^ a b c d "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "General Highway Map - Ellsworth County, Kansas". Kansas Department of Transportation. July 2011. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "City of Wichita [Map]" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. June 2010. Retrieved . 

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