Hoback River

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Hoback River
The river near Hoback Junction
Map of the Hoback, Greys and Salt rivers (in order from right to left)
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 • locationHoback Peak at
 • coordinates43°00′01″N 110°21′00″W / 43.0003°N 110.3500°W / 43.0003; -110.3500[1]
 • location
Snake River at
 • coordinates
43°11′29″N 110°27′14″W / 43.1913°N 110.4538°W / 43.1913; -110.4538Coordinates: 43°11′29″N 110°27′14″W / 43.1913°N 110.4538°W / 43.1913; -110.4538[1]
 • elevation
5,896 feet (1,797 m)
Length55 miles (89 km)
Basin size600 square miles (1,600 km2)
 • locationJackson, WY [2]
 • average511 cuft/s
Basin features
ProgressionNorth-east then north-west

The Hoback River, once called the Fall River,[1] is an approximately 55-mile (89 km)-long tributary of the Snake River in the U.S. state of Wyoming. It heads in the northern Wyoming Range of Wyoming and flows northeast, northwest, and then west through the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Its largest tributary is its South Fork,[citation needed] which joins the Hoback about nine miles downstream of its head as it turns northeast and continues to U.S. Route 191. It then turns northwest, where it spreads onto a large marshy flat in a braided floodplain once known as Jackson's Little Hole,[3] but now referred to as the "Hoback Basin" in which lies the town of Bondurant. It then heads west, entering the steep, narrow Hoback Canyon[4] from which it emerges to join the Snake about 11 miles (18 km) south of Jackson Hole, just upstream of head of the Snake River Canyon near the town of Hoback. The entire length of the Hoback is free flowing and unobstructed by dams. About 30 miles (48 km) downstream from the confluence with the Hoback River, the Snake River crosses into the state of Idaho and is impounded by Palisades Dam.[5]

The river is named after John Hoback, an explorer who traveled with the Astor Expedition from the Snake River, using the Hoback River as a passage to the Green River, a tributary of the Colorado River.[6]

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References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hoback River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. 1979-06-05. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  2. ^ "USGS Current Conditions for USGS 13019500 HOBACK RIVER NEAR JACKSON, WY".
  3. ^ Alter, Cecil J. (2013) [1962]. Jim Bridger. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 153. ISBN 9780806186412.
  4. ^ Retallic, Ken (2005). Flyfisher's Guide to Wyoming: Including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Flyfishing Guides. Wilderness Adventures Press. ISBN 1-932098-10-0.
  5. ^ "Upper Snake Province Assessment" (PDF). Northwest Power and Conservation Council. 2004-05-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  6. ^ Utley, Robert M. (2004). After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and their Paths to the Pacific. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-9564-2.