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]
McKinley River is located in Alaska
McKinley River
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. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. 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.