White River (Nevada)
The White River running through Murphy Meadows near Sunnyside
|Part of||Colorado River Basin|
The river begins at the Great Basin Divide in the White Pine Range near Ely, where it is fed by snow melt and springs from Currant Mountain. It passes by Preston and Lund, flowing south through the White River Valley more-or-less continuously for about 40 miles. Along the way it receives water from various springs on the slopes of the Grant Range to the west and the Egan Range to the east. It supplies[clarification needed] a string of reservoirs in the Sunnyside area, the largest being Adams-McGill Reservoir. State Route 318 runs mostly parallel to the river.
The river channel is dry for some distance, then the water flows again in the Pahranagat Valley for about 30 mi (48 km), from the vicinity of Hiko and Crystal Springs, passing close by Alamo, feeding Upper Pahranagat Lake and the marshes between it and the lower lake (which collectively form the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge). The channel continues into Coyote Springs Valley (location of the planned community Coyote Springs), becoming the Pahranagat Wash, which in turn connects to the Muddy River and thence to Lake Mead.
- White River Colorado gila Gila robusta jordani
- White River speckled dace Rhinichthys osculus velifer
- White River spinedace Lepidomeda albivallis. Less than 50 of this endangered fish remained in 1993.
- Pahranagat spinedace Lepidomeda altivelis
- White River springfish Crenichthys baileyi
Also named for the area is the White River mountainsucker (Pantosteus intermedius) subspecies.
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