Boone River

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Boone River
Boone River Iowa.jpg
The Boone River south of Webster City, Iowa
Des Moines River basin with Boone River highlighted
DistrictHamilton County, Iowa, Webster County, Iowa, Wright County, Iowa, Hancock County, Iowa
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates43°08′23″N 93°52′28″W / 43.1397°N 93.8744°W / 43.1397; -93.8744
MouthDes Moines River
 • location
Stratford, Iowa, US
 • coordinates
42°18′38″N 93°56′10″W / 42.3105°N 93.9361°W / 42.3105; -93.9361Coordinates: 42°18′38″N 93°56′10″W / 42.3105°N 93.9361°W / 42.3105; -93.9361
 • elevation
909 ft (277 m)
 • locationmouth
 • average612.48 cu ft/s (17.344 m3/s) (estimate)[1]
Basin features
 • leftMiddle Branch Boone River
 • rightEast Branch Boone River

The Boone River is a tributary of the Des Moines River in north-central Iowa in the United States. It is 111 miles (179 km) long[2] and drains an area of 895 square miles (2,320 km2).[3] Via the Des Moines River, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.


The Boone River rises near Britt in western Hancock County and flows generally southwardly through Wright, Hamilton and Webster counties, past Goldfield and Webster City.[4] It flows into the Des Moines River 17 miles (27 km) north of Boone.[5]

Tributaries of the Boone River also drain portions of Kossuth and Humboldt counties.[4] Two headwaters tributaries are known as the East Branch Boone River[6] and the Middle Branch Boone River.[7]

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has designated the lower 26 miles (42 km) of the Boone River from Webster City to its mouth as a "Protected Water Area". This stretch of the river cuts through a wooded valley and allows canoeing and fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, northern pike and flathead catfish.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Environmental Protection Agency. "Watershed Report: Boone River". WATERS GeoViewer. Archived from the original on 2021-11-19. Retrieved 2021-11-18.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 26, 2011
  3. ^ "Iowa Department of Natural Resources/Iowa Geological Survey. Boone River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment". Archived from the original on 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2006-10-12.
  4. ^ a b DeLorme (1998). Iowa Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-214-5.
  5. ^ Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry for Boone River Archived November 21, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Branch Boone River
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middle Branch Boone River
  8. ^ Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Water Trails: Boone River. Archived December 25, 2005, at the Wayback Machine