The Arkansas River has been developed into a major waterway carrying freight and passenger traffic. River traffic can reach all the way to Catoosa, Oklahoma (northeast of Tulsa). The dam at Notrebes Bend holds back the river to increase the channel depth to 9'. A canal, bends around the point of the park and cuts across the bayous to White River. From there it flows to the Mississippi River. This leap between rivers, saves many miles of twisting waterways along the Arkansas River before it joins the Mississippi River.