Elk River (Oklahoma)

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Elk River
Basin
Main source Confluence of Big Sugar Creek and Little Sugar Creek near Pineville, Missouri
860 ft (260 m)
36°35′18″N 94°22′58″W / 36.5883333°N 94.3827778°W / 36.5883333; -94.3827778
River mouth Confluence with the Neosho River in Delaware County, Oklahoma
741 ft (226 m)
36°39′56″N 94°46′03″W / 36.6655556°N 94.7675°W / 36.6655556; -94.7675Coordinates: 36°39′56″N 94°46′03″W / 36.6655556°N 94.7675°W / 36.6655556; -94.7675
Progression Elk River → Neosho → Arkansas → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Physical characteristics
Length 35 mi (56 km)
Features
GNIS ID 1092538

The Elk River is a 35.2-mile-long (56.6 km)[1] tributary of the Neosho River in southwestern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma in the United States.[2] Its tributaries also drain a small portion of northwestern Arkansas. Via the Neosho and Arkansas rivers, the Elk is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

Course[edit]

The Elk is formed by the confluence of Big Sugar Creek and Little Sugar Creek at Pineville, Missouri, and flows generally westward through McDonald County, Missouri, past the town of Noel, into Delaware County, Oklahoma, where it meets the Neosho River. Most of the river's course in Oklahoma is part of the Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, an impoundment formed by Pensacola Dam on the Neosho.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 31, 2011
  2. ^ "Elk River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-09-11.