The L’Anguille River was named by the French well before the Louisiana Purchase. In fact, the name has been found in explorer’s journals dating back to 1723. The stream has its beginnings in Poinsett County and flows southward in a meandering pattern to near Marianna, where it joins the St. Francis River. Access is at highway crossings and outside Marianna (U.S. 79). The L’Anguille River also borders parts of the St. Francis National Forest. Fishing and waterfowl hunting are favorites along this lazy delta stream. Anguille means "eel" in French.