Little River (St. Francis River)

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Little River
Map of the St. Francis River watershed showing Little River. The darker shade represents the Castor/Whitewater headwaters.
Origin Scott County, Missouri
Mouth St. Francis River
Location Missouri, United States
Length 238 km (148 mi)
Source elevation 70 m (230 ft)

The Little River is a tributary of the St. Francis River, about 148 miles (238 km) long,[1] in southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas in the United States. Via the St. Francis, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.

The Little River's upper course in Missouri has been greatly altered by channelization practices. It originally collected the waters of the Castor and Whitewater rivers, but these streams' outlets have been diverted to the Mississippi River by the Headwater Diversion Channel and other drainage systems, and the Little River's course through the Missouri bootheel has been diverted to a canal, though traces of its original course still exist. In Arkansas the river passes through the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge and joins the St. Francis River at Marked Tree.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 9, 2011

Coordinates: 37°02′45″N 89°45′24″W / 37.0458832°N 89.7567527°W / 37.0458832; -89.7567527