Wolf River (Kansas)

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Wolf River
Wolf River Kansas.jpg
The Wolf River near its mouth in 2006
Country United States
State Kansas
 - location north of Powhattan
 - elevation 1,181 ft (360 m) [1]
 - coordinates 39°47′38″N 95°38′28″W / 39.79389°N 95.64111°W / 39.79389; -95.64111 [2]
Mouth Missouri River
 - location southeast of White Cloud
 - elevation 827 ft (252 m) [1]
 - coordinates 39°53′55″N 95°11′30″W / 39.89861°N 95.19167°W / 39.89861; -95.19167Coordinates: 39°53′55″N 95°11′30″W / 39.89861°N 95.19167°W / 39.89861; -95.19167 [2]
Basin 247.8 sq mi (642 km2) [3]

The Wolf River is a 45.7-mile-long (73.5 km)[4] tributary of the Missouri River in northeastern Kansas in the United States, draining an area of 247.8 square miles (642 km2) in the Dissected Till Plains region.

It rises in Brown County, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Powhattan, and flows generally eastwardly into Doniphan County, past the communities of Robinson, Leona, and Severance. Near Severance, the river turns northward; it flows into the Missouri River approximately 8 miles (13 km) southeast of White Cloud.[5]

According to a 2001 study by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, 71% of the Wolf River watershed is cropland, 25% is grassland, 3% is woodland, and 0.5% is urban.[3]

Variant names[edit]

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Wolf River has also been known historically as:[2]

  • Petite Riviere de Cansez
  • Riviere du Loup
  • Shun-ta-nesh-nanga
  • Wolf Creek

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  2. ^ a b c Geographic Names Information System. "GNIS entry for Wolf River (Feature ID #472812)". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (2001-06-28). "TMDLs for the Missouri Basin:". pp. Wolf River. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 30, 2011
  5. ^ DeLorme (2003). Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. p. 26. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.