Fourche Creek Information
The "Fourche" in Fourche Creek is pronounced by
locals as either "fush", rhyming with push, or as
"foosh" rhyming with woosh. Either way is fine.
The creek was actually first named by french explorers who
noted that the system "forked" just prior to flowing
into the Arkansas River. The french word for fork is fourche
(f), and thus how the creek got its name.
The Fourche Creek watershed includes six
third-order streams and nine primary tributaries. The watershed
stretches across the length of the city of Little Rock and
includes several large, isolated, urban wetlands. The creek
system empties into the Arkansas River just south of downtown
Little Rock and immediately below the city’s wastewater
treatment facility. There are ten city parks bordering Fourche
Creek, or its tributaries, with an estimated 90,000 acres
of the watershed within the city limits of Little Rock. Approximately
2,000 acres of the watershed are intact wetlands. These core
wetland areas remain undeveloped but are surrounded by encroaching
commercial and industrial sites and are criss-crossed by utility
During a typical storm Fourche Creek's
wetlands can store up to one billion gallons of water. The
creek, watershed, and wetland areas provide water purification,
efficient containment and storage of floodwaters, urban noise
reduction, air and water pollution control, and wildlife habitat
within the city.
Fourche Creek is home to over 50 species
of fish (one fourth of all Arkansas fish species), stands
of three hundred year old bald cypress, and a diverse population
of migratory bird species.
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