North Fork River (Missouri–Arkansas)

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North Fork river
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Bridge over the upper North Fork River in northeast Douglas County, Missouri near the community of Ann
Location
Country United States
States Arkansas and Missouri
Physical characteristics
Source 
  locationSouthwest Texas County, Missouri
  coordinates 37°07′11″N92°14′54″W / 37.11972°N 92.24833°W / 37.11972; -92.24833 [1]
  elevationApproximately 1454 ft [2]
Mouth  
  location
White River
  coordinates
36°12′38″N92°17′25″W / 36.21056°N 92.29028°W / 36.21056; -92.29028 Coordinates: 36°12′38″N92°17′25″W / 36.21056°N 92.29028°W / 36.21056; -92.29028 [1]
  elevation
351 ft [1]
Length109 mi (175 km)
Discharge 
  location Tecumseh
  average1,194 cu ft/s (33.8 m3/s) [3]

The North Fork River or the North Fork of White River [1] is a 109-mile-long (175 km) [4] tributary of the White River, into which it flows near Norfork, Arkansas.

It rises in the southwest corner of Texas County, at the southeast margin the city of Mountain Grove, and flows generally southwards through the southwest corner of Texas, eastern Douglas and Ozark counties. [5] It flows through Mark Twain National Forest and gathers the waters of many streams, including its major tributary, Bryant Creek. The watershed includes major portions of eastern Douglas and Ozark counties and includes portions of Webster, Wright, Texas and Howell counties in Missouri. [6]

South of Tecumseh, Missouri, the river becomes Norfork Lake, a reservoir created by Norfork Dam in Baxter County, Arkansas. A few miles below the dam, the North Fork River joins the White River near the town of Norfork, Arkansas. [7] The part of the river below the Norfork Dam is called the Norfork Tailwater and is a trout fishing stream.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "North Fork River". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved 2013-06-01. (Its official name is "North Fork River"; "North Fork of White River" is a recognized variant.)
  2. Cabool SW, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 2004
  3. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/mo/nwis/annual/?format=sites_selection_links&search_site_no=07058500&agency_cd=USGS&referred_module=sw
  4. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 9, 2011
  5. Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1st ed., 1998, p. 64, ISBN   0899332242
  6. North Fork of the White River Watershed Missouri, 2001, Missouri Department of Conservation
  7. Arkansas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 2nd ed., 2004, p. 26, ISBN   0899333451