Fourche La Fave River

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Fourche La Fave River
River
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Country United States
State Arkansas
Source Scott County, Arkansas
 - coordinates 34°46′08″N94°09′33″W / 34.76883°N 94.15918°W / 34.76883; -94.15918
Mouth Bigelow, Arkansas
 - coordinates 34°57′57″N92°34′54″W / 34.96580°N 92.58162°W / 34.96580; -92.58162 Coordinates: 34°57′57″N92°34′54″W / 34.96580°N 92.58162°W / 34.96580; -92.58162
Length 140 mi (225 km)

The Fourche La Fave River (pronounced "Foosh La Fay"; shown as Fourche LaFave River on federal maps [1] ) is a tributary of the Arkansas River, approximately 151 miles (243 km) long, [2] in western Arkansas in the United States. It drains part of the northern Ouachita Mountains west of Little Rock.

Arkansas River major tributary of the Mississippi River, United States

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Ouachita Mountains

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Contents

It was named for the La Feve family who settled near its mouth. [3] Fourche is French meaning "fork".

Course

It rises in southern Scott County south of Waldron and flows east-northeast through the Ouachita National Forest, along the southern side of the Dutch Creek Mountain ridge, then along the north side of the Fourche Mountain ridge. It flows past Perryville and joins the Arkansas from the west approximately 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Little Rock. It is impounded by the Nimrod Dam at Fourche Junction to form Nimrod Lake for flood control. It is joined by the South Fourche La Fave River west of Perryville.

Scott County, Arkansas County in the United States

Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,233. The county seat is Waldron. Scott County is Arkansas' 28th county, formed on November 5, 1833, and named for Andrew Scott, a justice of the Supreme Court of the Arkansas Territory. It is an alcohol-prohibited or dry county.

Waldron, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Waldron is a city in Scott County, Arkansas, United States. Its population was 3,618 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Scott County.

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Fourche Junction, Arkansas Unincorporated community in Arkansas, United States

Fourche Junction is an unincorporated community in Perry County, Arkansas, United States. The community is located at the junction of Arkansas Highway 7 and Arkansas Highway 60 along the Fourche La Fave River, near the Nimrod Dam and 20.5 miles (33.0 km) west of Perryville.

South Fourche La Fave River

The South Fourche La Fave River is a stream in the Ouachita Mountains of Perry and Yell counties of Arkansas. It is a tributary of the Fourche La Fave River.

Wye Mountain mountain ridge in Arkansas, United States

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References

  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fourche LaFave River
  2. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite , accessed June 3, 2011
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 178.