James River (Missouri)

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James River near Springfield.
James River

The James River is a 130-mile-long (210 km)[1] river in southern Missouri. Its source is northeast of the town of Seymour in Webster County. Its headwaters initially flow south then turns west to northwesterly north of Seymour and turns southwest near Northview and passes down the east side of Springfield where it is impounded to form Lake Springfield.[2][3] From Springfield, it flows west and then south past Galena where it enters Table Rock Lake, a reservoir on the White River.

Large sections of the James River are floatable by canoe or kayak. A solid 3-day float from the public access on the downstream side of the dam to Galena is possible when the levels are high enough.[4]

The James River is a drinking water source for the city of Springfield. Springfield Lake is a primary source of water for the cooling system at the James River Power Plant which sits by the dam. James River Freeway on the city's south side is named after the river.

The river's name most likely is a transfer from the James River in Virginia.[5]


Table Rock Lake, Stone County, Missouri: 36°47′11″N 93°29′56″W / 36.78626°N 93.49885°W / 36.78626; -93.49885 (James River, mouth)[6]
Webster County, Missouri: 37°13′11″N 92°43′44″W / 37.21977°N 92.72878°W / 37.21977; -92.72878 (James River, source)[1]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 9, 2011
  2. ^ Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1998, First edition, p. 52-53, ISBN 0-89933-224-2
  3. ^ Missouri Department of Conservation Area Summary
  4. ^ Missouri Department of Conservation Mile-by-Mile Description and Map. [1], accessed 5/16/2013.
  5. ^ "Greene County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "James River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-01-17.