The Boone River south of Webster City, Iowa
Des Moines River basin with Boone River highlighted
|District||Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster County, Iowa, Wright County, Iowa, Hancock County, Iowa|
|Mouth||Des Moines River|
|Stratford, Iowa, US|
|909 ft (277 m)|
|• location||Webster City, Iowa|
|• average||534 cu/ft. per sec.|
|• left||Middle Branch Boone River|
|• right||East 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 and drains an area of 895 square miles (2,320 km2). 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. It flows into the Des Moines River 17 miles (27 km) north of Boone.
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.
- 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
- "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.
- DeLorme (1998). Iowa Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-214-5.
- Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry for Boone River Archived November 21, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Branch Boone River
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middle Branch Boone River
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Water Trails: Boone River. Archived December 25, 2005, at the Wayback Machine