National Wildlife Refuge System

White River Named National Blueway

The White River, along with its watershed, has been named the nation’s second National
Credit: James Powers/WikimediaCommons

The White River of Arkansas and Missouri, together with its watershed, has been named the nation’s second National Blueway.

The blueway program, started in 2012 by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, recognizes river systems whose economic, recreational and natural values are protected by conservation partnerships.

The White River watershed includes White River National Wildlife Refuge and Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, both in Arkansas. White River Refuge was established in 1935 to protect migratory birds. Cache River Refuge was established in 1986 to protect wetland habitats and provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. Both conserve some of the last remaining bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi River Valley.

The first national blueway was the 410-mile Connecticut River.

Read more about the new blueway designation here.

Last updated: February 13, 2013