Marmaton River

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Marmaton River
Marmaton River.jpg
The Marmaton River near Nevada, Missouri
Map of the Osage River watershed including the Marmaton River
CountryUnited States
StateKansas, Missouri
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationAllen County, Kansas
 ⁃ coordinates37°56′45″N 95°07′51″W / 37.94583°N 95.13083°W / 37.94583; -95.13083
 ⁃ elevation1,105 ft (337 m)
MouthLittle Osage River
 ⁃ location
Vernon County, Missouri
 ⁃ coordinates
37°59′57″N 94°19′08″W / 37.99917°N 94.31889°W / 37.99917; -94.31889Coordinates: 37°59′57″N 94°19′08″W / 37.99917°N 94.31889°W / 37.99917; -94.31889[1]
 ⁃ elevation
732 ft (223 m)
Length102 mi (164 km)
 ⁃ locationUSGS 06918060 near Nevada, MO[2]
 ⁃ average1,051 cu ft/s (29.8 m3/s)
 ⁃ minimum0.03 cu ft/s (0.00085 m3/s)
 ⁃ maximum33,800 cu ft/s (960 m3/s)
Basin features
WatershedsMarmaton-Little Osage-Osage-Missouri-Mississippi

The Marmaton River (MAR-muh-tuhn) is a 102-mile-long (164 km)[3] tributary of the Little Osage River in southeastern Kansas and western Missouri in the United States. Via the Little Osage, Osage and Missouri rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.


The Marmaton River rises in Kansas northeast of Moran in eastern Allen County and flows generally eastward through Bourbon County in Kansas and Vernon County in Missouri, past the towns of Uniontown, Redfield and Fort Scott in Kansas and Deerfield in Missouri. It joins the Little Osage River from the south, 7 miles (11 km) south-southeast of Rich Hill, Missouri.


Marmaton is a corruption of Marmiton, a French name given by fur traders meaning "scullion".[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marmaton River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  2. ^ "Water-Data Report 2013 - 06918060 Marmaton River near Nevada, MO" (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed May 31, 2011
  4. ^ Robley, T. F. (1894). History of Bourbon County, Kansas: To the Close of 1865. Press of the Monitor book & printing Company. p. 98.