Major Nebraska Rivers and Their Drainages: Part 4

Gary Stone - Extension Educator

The Republican River

The Republican River drainage system is in south/south-central Nebraska. The headwaters of the Republican are in east-central and northeast Colorado. The Republican joins with the Kansas River northeast of Junction City, Kansas. The Republican River flows for approximately 453 miles with an average discharge of 848 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the confluence with the Kansas River. The Republican River has numerous branches that form the river, including the North and South Republican Rivers, Arikaree River, Frenchman, Red Willow, Medicine, Beaver, Sappa, and Prairie Dog creeks. The Republican River is named after the Kitkehahkis Pawnee Native Americans.

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