Medicine Bow River

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The Medicine Bow River
Medicine Bow River
Basin features
Main source Snowy Range, Carbon County, Wyoming
River mouth Seminoe Reservoir, Carbon County, Wyoming
6,360 feet (1,940 m)
Basin size 2,338 square miles (6,060 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 167 miles (269 km)

The Medicine Bow River is a 167-mile-long (269 km)[1] tributary of the North Platte River, in southern Wyoming in the United States.

It rises in the Snowy Range, flowing out of the North Gap Lake, in southeastern Carbon County. It flows north, past Elk Mountain, then northeast, then northwest past the town of Medicine Bow and between the Shirley Mountains to the north and the Medicine Bow Mountains to the south. Near the town of Medicine Bow the Medicine Bow River is joined by its two largest tributaries, Rock Creek and the Little Medicine Bow River. It joins the North Platte in the Seminoe Reservoir, with the lower 10 miles (16 km) of the river forming an arm of the reservoir.

Discharge statistics[edit]

Statistic Time period Discharge
Yearly mean discharge year 176cf/s
Month with highest mean discharge June 648cf/s
Month with lowest mean discharge January 32.2cf/s

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 21, 2011

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Coordinates: 42°00′9.9″N 106°41′12.26″W / 42.002750°N 106.6867389°W / 42.002750; -106.6867389