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Location

The Bourbeuse River (French for 'muddy') is located in east-central Missouri, in the Ozarks region, and is one of two major tributaries of the Meramec River, the other being Big River. The river flows to the northeast from its source near the locale of Dillon in Phelps County, through Maries County, Gasconade County, Crawford County, and Franklin County, where it discharges into the Meramec River near Moselle. The elevation of the river at its source is approximately 1120 feet above sea level and at its mouth about 446 feet. The total length of the river is 147 miles, while the airline distance between source and mouth is 53 miles. The watershed area is 842.9 square miles. State nickname: The Show Me State Official languages English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City (largest metropolitan area is Saint Louis) Governor Matt Blunt (R) Senators Kit Bond (R) Jim Talent (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 1. ... Ozark redirects here. ... The Meramec River Looking North from Route 66 State Park The Meramec River is the longest free-flowing waterway in Missouri -- it wanders some 350 kilometers (220 miles) through six Missouri Ozark Highland counties: Dent, Phelps, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, and St. ... Dam at Cedar Hill, Missouri, on the Big River // Location The Big River is a tributary of the Meramec River in east-central Missouri. ... Phelps County is a county located in the state of Missouri, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau it includes the mean center of U.S. population in 2000. ... Maries County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Gasconade County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Crawford County is a county located in the state of Missouri, and determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1990. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ...


Tributaries of the Bourbeuse River include Spring Creek, Boone Creek, Brush Creek, Red Oak Creek, Dry Fork, Little Bourbeuse River, and Lower Bourbeuse River.


Character of the river

The river's lower 132 miles has permanent flow, but unlike many other Ozark streams of its size, it has a low base flow, due to a paucity of springs feeding it. The river is also low-gradient and tends to be more muddy than other Ozark streams. Usually only the lower 108 miles are navigable in summer.


The river is highly crooked: one section, near Noser Mill, has 11 miles of river between points less than a half mile apart. 107 miles of the river are in Franklin County, and only 27 airline miles. Unusual for a river of its size, a number of river bends are named. Like many other Ozark streams, the Bourbeuse River has entrenched meanders. Ozark redirects here. ... An entrenched river is a river that is confined to a canyon or gorge, usually with a relatively narrow width and little or no flood plain, and often with meanders worn into the landscape. ...


There are a large number of named fords on this river, compared to the rest of the state. The gravel riverbeds, low average river flow, and lack of sufficient bridges both allows and necessitates the use of natural river crossings. A ford is a section of water (most commonly a section of a river) that is sufficiently shallow as to be traversable by wading. ...


The USGS stream gauge in Union, near the mouth of the river, measures an average flow of 681 cubic feet per second. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ... Union is a city located in Franklin County, Missouri. ...


See also

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Missouri: Black River Blackwater River Blue River Bourbeuse River Castor River Chariton River Cuivre River Current River Des Moines River Eleven Point River Fabius River Fox River Gasconade River Grand River Horse River Lamine River Little River Little...

External links

  • Bourbeus River canoeing information
  • More Bourbeus River canoeing information
  • Bourbeus River flood stage information
  • Bourbeuse River Watershed Inventory and Assessment, Missouri Department of Conservation

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Bourbeuse River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (355 words)
The Bourbeuse River (French for 'muddy') is located in east-central Missouri, in the Ozarks region, and is one of two major tributaries of the Meramec River, the other being Big River.
The river flows to the northeast from its source near the locale of Dillon in Phelps County, through Maries County, Gasconade County, Crawford County, and Franklin County, where it discharges into the Meramec River near Moselle.
The USGS stream gauge in Union, near the mouth of the river, measures an average flow of 681 cubic feet per second.
Meramec River at AllExperts (615 words)
The Meramec River is the longest free-flowing waterway in Missouri Maries, Gasconade, Iron, Washington, Reynolds, St.
Numerous trails travel along the river and up over the bluffs giving the hiker a glimpse of ducks, herons, beavers and other species of wildlife that may be seen along the river.
The river is plentiful in; fl crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, paddlefish, rainbow trout, rock bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, white crappie, and some of the richest mussel beds in the state.
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