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McGehee is located in Desha County just west of Arkansas City, between Dumas and Lake Village at the 65 & 278 US Hwy junction. Also situated just west of the Arkansas boarder and the Mississippi River.

The McGehee family came to the area from Alabama in 1857. Benjamin McGehee, his wife, Sarah, a son, Abner and daughters Laura and Mary settled on land that is now a part of McGehee. Abner McGehee, son of Benjamin and Sarah McGehee purchased 240 acres of land on July 1, 1876, on which the town of McGehee was later to be located. Abner McGehee constructed a large commissary building and entered the mercantile business to accommodate the new arrivals and the new railroad in 1878.

Just twenty miles south of McGehee is Lake Chicot State Park and Chicot County Park, both located on Lake Chicot, a large Oxbow Lake where camping is popular. Fishing is abundant not only on Lake Chicot but also on the Mississippi River, Arkansas River, and the White River. The majority of hunters in the area hunt on private leases.

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07/02 Coming to The area
World Catfish Festival Belzoni MS April6 This whiskers and fin festival held every April celebrates the world's largest catfish fry. Bands ranging from Gospel, Country, to Rock-n-Roll and Blues! Free Kids Zone!
Arkansas Literary Festival Little Rock AR April18-21 The tenth anniversary gathering with events on both sides of the river. Featuring well known authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
World Famous Armidillo Festival Hamburg AR May1-4 The World Famous Armidillo Festival takes place on Hamburg's town square and the surrounding blocks. Local bands play on Friday night of the festival and all day Saturday to ensure your weekend is the best.
Riverfest Little Rock AR May24-26 Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock.
Louisiana Peach Fest Ruston LA June21-22 The fun begins on Friday in Ruston’s historic Railroad Park at 6:30 p.m. with Dixie Tradition, followed by a return festival appearance by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at 8:30 p.m.