Snake River (Nebraska)

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Small river going off rocky ledge over overhang, low cliffs alongside
Snake River Falls

The Snake River is a 126-mile-long (203 km)[1] tributary of the Niobrara River. Entirely located within the Sandhills of north-central Nebraska, the Snake River rises near the eastern edge of Sheridan County. It flows eastward into Cherry County and passes along the southern edge of Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest. On the southeast edge of the national forest, the river is dammed to form Merritt Reservoir. At this point, the river makes a sharp turn to the north.

Snake River Falls is immediately to the north of Merritt Reservoir; it is the largest waterfall, as measured by volume, in the state. (Nebraska's highest waterfall is Smith Falls.) The Snake River joins the Niobrara River about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Valentine, Nebraska.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 30, 2011

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Coordinates: 42°46′46″N 100°47′33″W / 42.77944°N 100.79250°W / 42.77944; -100.79250 (Snake River)