The Ouachita River starts in the Ouachita Mountains as a mountain stream just west of Eagleton, Arkansas in Polk County. The stretch of river between Eagleton and Lake Ouachita is a popular float stream.
Ouachita River Basin Water Levels
Below Lake Catherine's Remmel Dam to Malvern, Arkansas is a very popular Kayaking stretch of the river.
Flowing in a southeasterly direction through 11 counties in Arkansas, six parishes in Louisiana, and empties into the Red River approximately 35 miles
above the confluence of the Red and Mississippi Rivers
In 1881 S.E. Meek was the first to investigate the headwaters of the Ouachita River and its tributaries which he described as "swift, flowing streams of clear water with rock and gravel bottoms." Meeks reported 30 species of fish collected from the South Fork of the Ouachita River near Mt. Ida, Arkansas; and three other locations in Garland County, Arkansas. The Ouachita River near Crystal Springs, Mazarn Creek and Myers Creek. areas.
Lake Ouachita Dam the river flows into and forms Lake Hamilton, an
created by building the Carpenter Dam in 1932.
Continuing downstream southeast from the entrance of the Caddo the Little Missouri River joins the Ouachita River.
Below Camden, AR dredging for
navigational purposes begins.
South of the Saline, the Ouachita flows into Lake Jack Lee, a large lake and green tree reservoir part of the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge created by the Ouachita and Black River Project in Ashley, Bradley, and Union Counties of Arkansas.
Below the Felsenthal dam the Ouachita River continues into Louisiana.
Beyond the Tensas river, the Ouachita is called the Black River for several
miles as it flows thru Catahoula Parish and Concordia Parish where it merges
with the Red River, which flows into both the Atchafalaya River and
the Mississippi River, via the
Old River Control Structure.