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Arkansas River

Updated 2022-08-09
  • Arkansas River Within Mississippi Watershed

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    The Arkansas River is an important tributary of the Mississippi. It begins as fast-flowing snowmelt from the highest peaks of the Colorado Rockies and ends as a roiling brown current swelled by the humidity and rains of the Ozarks and south-central United States.
    Arkansas River Within Mississippi Watershed
  • Arkansas River & Fountain Creek near Pueblo

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    This photo shows the ruddy Fountain Creek (right) merging with the clearer Arkansas River (left). The Arkansas starts as clear-running snowmelt high in the Rockies and gets redder and browner as it picks up sediments from the plains and prairies on its way to the Mississippi.
    Arkansas River & Fountain Creek near Pueblo
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