Prairie County was formed on November 25,1846, and was named for its most obvious physical characteristics. The county lies on a spread of level land between the lower White and Arkansas rivers that is known as the Grand Prairie as early at 1819. The landscape is rich, flat, delta farmland, with rolling hills in the extreme northwest corner. The county has dual seats — Des Arc and DeValls Bluff. The economic base of the county is agriculture, cotton and rice, soybeans, wheat, and catfish, along with agriculture-related commerce and some industry. The scenic White River makes its way through the county, past both county seats, on its way to the Mississippi River. Near the center of the county, the 17,433-acre Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area spreads westward from the White River. Fishing, hunting and camping are popular in this area. In the north of the county are Cypress and Des Arc Bayous, Lake Des Arc, Spring and Horn Lakes and part of the Cache River; to the south are LA Grue Bayou and Peckerwood Lake, which covers 4,000 acres. All of these waterways offer good fishing and a wide variety of water recreation. The stately courthouse at Des Arc is a 1913 structure of Georgian architecture, and the courthouse at DeValls Bluff is a 1939 structure of Quasi-Georgian architecture. Both house early history of Prairie County. The population of Prairie County is 8,282 (2020 Census).
200 Courthouse Square
Des Arc 72040
123 Magnolia St.
DeValls Bluff 72041
County Clerk/Circuit Clerk
Des Arc Ph: (870) 256-4434
Des Arc Fax: (870) 256-1369
DeValls Bluff Ph: (870) 998-2314
DeValls Bluff Fax: (870) 998-2010
Address: 200 Courthouse Square Suite 104, Des Arc, 72040
Phone: (501) 940-4488
Fax: (870) 255-4931
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 977, Hazen, 72064
Justices of the Peace
Bill Calhoun, Zach Payne, Judy Hinson, Jordan Smith, Gary King, Rick Stallings, Levi Childress, Bobby Willeford, Paul E. Hooks