White River (Colorado and Utah)

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Coordinates: 40°03′44″N 109°40′45″W / 40.06222°N 109.67917°W / 40.06222; -109.67917
White River
Rio Blanco
White River Utah.jpg
The White River in Uintah County, Utah
Country United States
States Colorado, Utah
Part of Colorado River Basin
Tributaries
 - left South Fork White River
 - right North Fork White River
Cities Meeker, CO, Rangely, CO, Bonanza, UT, Ouray, UT
Source Confluence of North Fork and South Fork
 - location Rio Blanco County, Colorado
 - elevation 6,932 ft (2,113 m)
 - coordinates 39°58′22″N 107°38′18″W / 39.97278°N 107.63833°W / 39.97278; -107.63833 [1]
Mouth Green River
 - location Uintah County, Utah
 - elevation 4,646 ft (1,416 m)
 - coordinates 40°03′44″N 109°40′45″W / 40.06222°N 109.67917°W / 40.06222; -109.67917 [1]
Length 195 mi (314 km)
Basin 5,120 sq mi (13,261 km2)
Discharge for Watson, UT
 - average 689 cu ft/s (20 m3/s) [2]
 - max 8,160 cu ft/s (231 m3/s)
 - min 13 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Map of the Green River watershed which shows the White River

The White River is a tributary of the Green River, approximately 195 miles (314 km) long,[3] in the U.S. states of Colorado and Utah. Flows vary from 450 ft³/s (13 m³/s) late summers in dry years to well over 12,000 ft³/s (340 m³/s) in spring.

It rises in two forks in northwestern Colorado in northeastern Garfield County in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the White River National Forest. The North Fork rises in Wall Lake, and flows northwest, then southwest. The South Fork rises ten miles south of the north, flows southwest, then northwest, past Spring Cave. The two forks join near Buford in eastern Rio Blanco County, forming the White. It flows west, then northwest, past Meeker (site of the White River Museum), and across the broad valley between the Danforth Hills on the north and the Roan Plateau on the south. Downstream from Meeker, it is joined by Piceance Creek and Yellow Creek. In western Rio Blanco County, it turns southwest, flows past Rangely, where it is joined by Douglas Creek, and into Uintah County, Utah, where it joins the Green two miles south of Ouray.

The White River is navigable by small boats throughout most of its length. But in low water years the water level may be too low for navigation for a period of several months.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, White River has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "White River". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 1979-12-31. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  2. ^ "USGS Gage #09306500 on the White River near Watson, Utah". National Water Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1923-present. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 18, 2011
  4. ^ Climate Summary for White River

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