Image by Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
The White River runs through Missouri and Arkansas and is a vital part of the wildlife-related economies of both Arkansas and Missouri.

The White River, a major waterway that runs through the Natural State, has received a major recognition this week by the Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes.

It was named the nation's second National Blueway, an honor that goes to the country's most significant rivers that are valued for their recreational, cultural and ecological assets that benefit its communities. The other National Blueway is the Connecticut River and Watershed in New England.

It's part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative that recognizes the partnerships that are working to conserve the White River. Federal officials also announced a series of new initiatives aimed at supporting the new National Blueway.

The honor was highlighted on the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's blog last week.

The White River features some significant stats:

  • It flows for 772 miles from its headwaters in the Ozarks to its mouth at the Mississippi River.
  • The river drains a watershed spanning 17.8 million acres across 60 counties in two states.

See the Arkansas Department of Tourism's full article here.