L'Anguille River

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L'Anguille River
Rivière L'Anguille.jpg
The L'Anguille River at Palestine, Arkansas
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationCraighead County, Arkansas
 ⁃ coordinates35°39′33″N 90°43′33″W / 35.65917°N 90.72583°W / 35.65917; -90.72583[2]
 ⁃ elevation245 ft (75 m)[1]
 ⁃ location
St. Francis River
 ⁃ coordinates
34°43′14″N 90°40′14″W / 34.72056°N 90.67056°W / 34.72056; -90.67056Coordinates: 34°43′14″N 90°40′14″W / 34.72056°N 90.67056°W / 34.72056; -90.67056[2]
 ⁃ elevation
161 ft (49 m)[2]
Length110 mi (180 km)

L'Anguille River (pronounced "lan-GWEEL" "LANG-gill" or locally as "LANE-GEE") is a tributary of the St. Francis River, approximately 110 mi (175 km) long, in northeastern Arkansas in the United States. Via the St. Francis River, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

L'Anguille is a name derived from French meaning "the eel".[3]


The L'Anguille is formed south of Jonesboro in southern Craighead County by a confluence of agricultural ditches; several portions of the river's upper course have been straightened and channelized; the river flows generally southward through Poinsett, Cross, St. Francis and Lee Counties, parallel to Crowley's Ridge and past the towns of Palestine and Marianna. It joins the St. Francis River in eastern Lee County, not far above that river's confluence with the Mississippi River. A diversion ditch routes a portion of the St. Francis River's flow to the lowermost course of the L'Anguille.

At Marianna, the L'Anguille River crosses Crowley's Ridge, providing the only break in the ridge.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greenfield, AR, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1983
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: L'Anguille River
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 181.