Braden River

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Braden River
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Braden River near bridge at 53rd Avenue East
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 • location
Manatee River
Length21 miles (34 km)
Basin size83 square miles (210 km2)

The Braden River is a 21-mile (34 km) waterway that drains an 83-square-mile (210 km2) area watershed in west-central Florida and is the largest tributary of the Manatee River.


The hydrology of the Braden River was altered in 1936 when the city of Bradenton created Ward Lake, a reservoir with an 838-foot (255 m) broad-crested weir 6 miles (9.7 km) upstream from the mouth. In 1985 the reservoir was expanded and supplies an annual average of 5.7 million US gallons (22,000 m3) of water per day.[1]

The Braden River can be hydrologically divided into three distinct sections that include an 8.6-mile (13.8 km) reach of naturally incised, free-flowing channel; a 6.4-mile (10.3 km) reach of impounded river created by the Ward Lake reservoir and weir; and a 6-mile (9.7 km) reach of tidal estuary.[1]


  1. ^ a b DelCharco, M.J.; Lewelling, B.R. (1997). Hydrologic description of the Braden River watershed, west-central Florida (Report). 96-634. U.S. Geological Survey. doi:10.3133/ofr96634.

Coordinates: 27°25′38″N 82°26′27″W / 27.4271244°N 82.4407838°W / 27.4271244; -82.4407838