Major Nebraska Rivers and Their Drainages: Part 3

Gary Stone, Extension Educator

Part 3 of a six-part series that will cover the major rivers and their respective drainages found in Nebraska, with some geography and history about Nebraska’s rivers.

The Loup River

The Loup River drainage system is in central Nebraska. The headwaters of the Loup are in the central and eastern Sandhills. The Loup River flows for approximately 290 miles and joins with the Platte River southeast of Columbus, Nebraska. The river has an average discharge of 2,584 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the confluence with the Platte River. The Loup River has three major branches — North, Middle and South Loup. Numerous tributaries feed the Loup, including Dismal River, Calamus River, Clear Creek, Cedar Creek, Beaver Creek and others.

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