McKinley River

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McKinley River
Kantishna Region Geologic map showing the location of the Muldrow Glacier origin of the river
Country United States
State Alaska
District Denali Borough
Source Muldrow Glacier
 - location Denali National Park and Preserve
 - elevation 3,117 ft (950 m) [1]
 - coordinates 63°21′51″N 150°25′59″W / 63.36417°N 150.43306°W / 63.36417; -150.43306 [2]
Mouth Kantishna River [3]
 - location confluence with Birch Creek, 23 miles (37 km) east of Lake Minchumina
 - elevation 646 ft (197 m) [2]
 - coordinates 63°51′59″N 151°33′20″W / 63.86639°N 151.55556°W / 63.86639; -151.55556Coordinates: 63°51′59″N 151°33′20″W / 63.86639°N 151.55556°W / 63.86639; -151.55556 [2]
Length 58 mi (93 km) [3]
Location of the mouth of the McKinley River in Alaska

The McKinley River (Lower Tanana: Henteel no' Tl'o) is a 58-mile (93 km) tributary of the Kantishna River in central Alaska in the United States.[3] It drains an area on the north slope of the Alaska Range on the south edge of the Tanana Valley southwest of Fairbanks.[4] The river issues from Muldrow Glacier in the northern Alaska Range in Denali National Park and Preserve, northeast of Denali.[4] It flows through the tundra north of the Alaska Range in a generally northwest direction, joining Birch Creek to form the Kantishna River near Chilchukabena Lake.[4]

The river was named McKinley Fork by A.H. Brooks in 1905. Other names or variants include Henteeth No' Tl'o and Hintusno' Dikats.[2]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d "McKinley River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c 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. 611. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. pp. 102–03. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5.