Elk River (Kansas)

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Coordinates: 37°15′24″N 095°41′39″W / 37.25667°N 95.69417°W / 37.25667; -95.69417
Elk River
River
Country United States
State Kansas
Region Flint Hills
Part of Verdigris River
Source
 - location Southwest Greenwood County, Flint Hills, Kansas, United States
 - elevation 735 ft (224 m)
 - coordinates 37°36′31″N 096°31′30″W / 37.60861°N 96.52500°W / 37.60861; -96.52500 [1]
Mouth Verdigris River
 - location Near Independence, Kansas, United States
 - elevation 224 ft (68 m) [1]
 - coordinates 37°15′24″N 095°41′39″W / 37.25667°N 95.69417°W / 37.25667; -95.69417 [1]
Length 95 mi (153 km), Southeast [2]

The Elk River is a tributary of the Verdigris River in southeastern Kansas in the United States. Via the Verdigris and Arkansas rivers, it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

Description and course[edit]

The Elk River is formed by a collection of intermittent streams in southwestern Greenwood County,[1] and flows for about 95 miles (153 km)[2] generally east-southeast through Butler, Elk, and Montgomery counties, past the towns of Elk Falls, Longton and Elk City. It joins the Verdigris River at the northern edge of the city of Independence.

Between Elk City and Independence, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam causes the river to form Elk City Lake. A state park and federal lands along the lake offer recreation, including three National Recreation Trails.

Stream course[edit]

Upriver:[3]
37°15′24″N 095°41′39″W / 37.25667°N 95.69417°W / 37.25667; -95.69417 (confluence with the Verdigris River)
37°33′00″N 096°29′11″W / 37.55000°N 96.48639°W / 37.55000; -96.48639
37°29′06″N 096°23′01″W / 37.48500°N 96.38361°W / 37.48500; -96.38361
37°14′55″N 095°48′11″W / 37.24861°N 95.80306°W / 37.24861; -95.80306
37°17′00″N 095°46′51″W / 37.28333°N 95.78083°W / 37.28333; -95.78083
37°16′50″N 095°55′31″W / 37.28056°N 95.92528°W / 37.28056; -95.92528
37°27′10″N 096°18′11″W / 37.45278°N 96.30306°W / 37.45278; -96.30306
37°25′20″N 096°13′01″W / 37.42222°N 96.21694°W / 37.42222; -96.21694
37°22′10″N 096°09′51″W / 37.36944°N 96.16417°W / 37.36944; -96.16417
37°21′50″N 096°05′21″W / 37.36389°N 96.08917°W / 37.36389; -96.08917
37°36′31″N 096°31′30″W / 37.60861°N 96.52500°W / 37.60861; -96.52500

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Elk River". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 31, 2011[not in citation given]

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