What to know
Black River is formed by three smaller streams in southeast Missouri, then flows into Arkansas northeast of Corning. Major recreational areas include the Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), between Corning and Pocahontas, and Shirey Bay-Rainey Brake WMA, east of the Strawberry community in Lawrence County. Fishing, duck hunting and wildlife watching are popular in both preserves. Access to the river is possible from the ramp under the US 62 Black River Bridge in Corning, the Brookings Public Access in Peach Orchard, Mill Lake Public Access in Knobel, Kody Riggan Datto Access in Datto, Schaeffers Eddy Access in Biggers, Lynn and Saffell. Also, Davidsonville Historic State Park along Ark. 166, between Pocahontas and Black Rock, offers a free launch for boaters. Bass are targets on the upper sections of the stream, while catfish are popular on the final sections. Stream-running walleye are also found in the Black River. After flowing across four counties, the Black River enters White River at Jacksonport. Contact Davidsonville Historic State Park at 870-892-4708.