Herron River

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Herron River
Country United States
State Alaska
District Denali Borough
Source Herron Glacier, Alaska Range
 - location Denali National Park and Preserve
 - elevation 3,134 ft (955 m) [1]
 - coordinates 63°05′35″N 151°39′11″W / 63.09306°N 151.65306°W / 63.09306; -151.65306
Mouth Foraker River [2]
 - location 17 miles (27 km) south of Lake Minchumina
 - elevation 801 ft (244 m) [1]
 - coordinates 63°38′53″N 152°09′31″W / 63.64806°N 152.15861°W / 63.64806; -152.15861Coordinates: 63°38′53″N 152°09′31″W / 63.64806°N 152.15861°W / 63.64806; -152.15861 [2]
Length 48 mi (77 km) [2]
Herron River is located in Alaska
Herron River
Location of the mouth of the Herron River in Alaska

The Herron River (Lower Tanana: K'otaal No’ or Tsatasronik) is a 48-mile (77 km) tributary of the Foraker River in central Alaska in the United States.[2] It drains an area on the north slope of the Alaska Range on the south edge of the Tanana Valley southwest of Fairbanks.[3]

The river issues from Herron Glacier in the northern Alaska Range in Denali National Park and Preserve, northwest of Mount Foraker.[3] It flows through the tundra to the north of the Alaska range in a generally northwest direction, forming part of the boundary between national park lands and national preserve lands.[3]

The river was named for its glacial source in 1925 by S.R. Capps of the U.S. Geological Survey. Other names or variants include K'otal No', Tsatasronick and Sishuluthna River.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Derived by entering coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). University of Alaska Fairbanks. United States Government Printing Office. p. 418. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. pp. 93, 102. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5. 
  4. ^ "Herron River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 22, 2013.