arkansas river alligators

Does the Arkansas River have alligators?

Here in Arkansas, you’ll find alligators in the lower portion of the Arkansas River but what about the portions of the Arkansas River in other states?

Alligators seem like such a “swamp thing” to most people. It’s easy to imagine them in the swamps and marshes of Louisiana and Florida. Many people find it interesting that Arkansas has alligators and that some of them live in the Arkansas River!

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile native to the Southeastern United States.


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Alligators in the Arkansas River

The Arkansas River actually begins in Colorado and travels through Kansas and Oklahoma before it finally reaches Arkansas. So, the big question is: can alligators be found in those parts of the Arkansas River as well?

The answer is no.

Arkansas alligator
Alligator in Arkansas. Photo by Jeff Gray

You will only find alligators in the Arkansas River in Arkansas. The best place to spot them is at the Arkansas Post National Memorial near Gillett.

“Located at the northern edge of the Gulf coastal plain, the Arkansas Post’s native growth ranges from prairie grasses and lowland hardwood forests to wetland marshes near the bayous and river. It remains a place of great beauty, with deer, turkey, alligator, raccoon, and migratory and resident birds, particularly bald eagles and waterfowl in the winter months.” 


With that being said, there are alligators in Colorado and Kansas but only at zoos or at a wildlife refuge. Alligators are native to the Gulf Coastal Plain in Southeastern Oklahoma.

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