Heart River (North Dakota)

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Heart River
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The Heart River, near Mandan, North Dakota, 1949.
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A map of the Missouri River watershed, highlighting the Heart River.
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
Physical characteristics
SourceNear Saddle Butte
 • locationBelfield, Billings County
 • coordinates46°56′13″N 103°13′49″W / 46.93694°N 103.23028°W / 46.93694; -103.23028[1]
 • elevation2,740 ft (840 m)
MouthMissouri River
 • location
Bismarck, Morton County
 • coordinates
46°46′03″N 100°50′31″W / 46.76750°N 100.84194°W / 46.76750; -100.84194Coordinates: 46°46′03″N 100°50′31″W / 46.76750°N 100.84194°W / 46.76750; -100.84194[1]
 • elevation
1,624 ft (495 m)
Length180 mi (290 km)
Basin size3,370 sq mi (8,700 km2)[2]
Discharge 
 • locationMandan, about 3 mi (4.8 km) above the mouth[3]
 • average269 cu ft/s (7.6 m3/s)[4]
 • minimum0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
 • maximum30,500 cu ft/s (860 m3/s)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 • leftGreen River, Missouri River

The Heart River is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 180 miles (290 km) long, in western North Dakota, United States.[1]

Course[edit]

The Heart River rises in the prairie country of Billings County, in the Little Missouri National Grassland near the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It flows generally eastwardly through Stark County to Gladstone, past Belfield and South Heart, through the Patterson Reservoir and past Dickinson.

It is joined by the Green River at Gladstone, and turns east-southeastward into Grant County, passing through Lake Tschida, which is formed by the Heart Butte Dam. Below this dam, the river turns northeastward into Morton County, where it joins the Missouri River at Mandan.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Heart River
  2. ^ "Boundary Descriptions and Names of Regions, Subregions, Accounting Units and Cataloging Units". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  3. ^ "USGS Gage #06349000 on the Heart River near Mandan, ND" (PDF). National Water Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1924–2011. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  4. ^ "USGS Gage #06349000 on the Heart River near Mandan, ND" (PDF). National Water Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1924–2011. Retrieved 2013-01-31.

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