Weiser River

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Weiser River
The Weiser River outside Weiser, Idaho.jpg
The Weiser River outside Weiser, Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
Counties Adams County, Idaho, Washington County, Idaho
 - location northwest of New Meadows, Adams County, Idaho
 - elevation 4,174 ft (1,272 m) [1]
 - coordinates 45°01′13″N 116°26′05″W / 45.02028°N 116.43472°W / 45.02028; -116.43472 [2]
Mouth Snake River
 - location near Weiser, Washington County, Idaho
 - elevation 2,096 ft (639 m) [2]
 - coordinates 44°14′19″N 116°58′20″W / 44.23861°N 116.97222°W / 44.23861; -116.97222Coordinates: 44°14′19″N 116°58′20″W / 44.23861°N 116.97222°W / 44.23861; -116.97222 [2]
Length 103 mi (166 km) [3]
Basin 1,660 sq mi (4,299 km2)
Location of the mouth of the Weiser River in Idaho

The Weiser River is a 103-mile-long (166 km)[3] tributary of the Snake River in western Idaho in the United States. It drains a mountainous area of 1,660 square miles (4,300 km2) consisting primarily of low rolling foothills intersected by small streams south and east of Hells Canyon along the Idaho-Oregon border.


It rises in northern Adams County in the Seven Devils Mountains, approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of New Meadows in the Payette National Forest. It flows generally southwest, between the Cuddy Mountains to the west and the West Mountains to the east, past Council and Cambridge. In southern Washington County it turns west for its lower 10 miles (16 km) and enters a broadening valley called the Weiser Cove along the northwestern extreme of the Snake River Plain before entering the Snake from the east at Weiser.

It receives the Little Weiser River from the east approximately 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Cambridge. The river descends from approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level at its source to 2,090 feet (640 m) at its mouth on the Snake. For much of its upper reaches, the river follows a narrow course through the mountains, emerging at times into several broad ranching valleys, including one around Midvale. Although it flows unimpeded, it is used for irrigation in the vicinity of its mouth upstream from Weiser, as well along tributaries in its upper reaches. The Pacific and Idaho Northern Railroad formerly followed its course from Weiser to New Meadows.

The river, as well as the town of Weiser, are named for Private Peter M. Weiser of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c "Weiser River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. June 21, 1979. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "National Hydrography Dataset". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 

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