Desha County, Arkansas

Welcome to Desha County

Desha County was formed December 12, 1838, and was named for Capt. Ben Desha. The landscape of the county is rich, flat, Delta farmland and the Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary. The county seat is Arkansas City. Desha County lies at the convergence of three of North America's major rivers: the White, the Arkansas and the Mississippi, which provides the county with waterway connections from New Orleans to Tulsa. Railways, waterways, and the rich agricultural resources have made Desha County a major grain shipping and storage center. Desha County, along with Chicot County, has a 3.9 million Port and industrial park at Yellow Bend on the Mississippi. The White River Wildlife Refuge offers a sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. The longest levee in the United States is located in Desha County on the Mississippi River. As of the 2000 census, Desha had a population of 15,341 residents.