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Encyclopedia > Kanawha River
Kanawha River
The Kanawha River at St. Albans, West Virginia
Origin Confluence of New River and Gauley River at Gauley Bridge
Mouth Ohio River at Point Pleasant
Basin countries USA
Source elevation 660 ft (201 m)
Mouth elevation 540 ft (165 m)
Avg. discharge 18,964 ft³/s (537 m³/s)
Basin area 12,236 mi² (31,690 km²)
Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River.

The Kanawha River (pronounced kuh-NAW-uh or kuh-NAW) is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 97 mi (156 km) long, in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The largest inland waterway in West Virginia, it has formed a significant industrial region of the state since the middle of the 19th century. Image File history File links Kanawha_River. ... The Kanawha River in St. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The New River Valley from Hawks Nest State Park. ... The Gauley River is one of the most popular advanced whitewater runs in the Eastern United States and is the chief feature of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. ... Gauley Bridge is a town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. ... The Ohio River is the largest tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. ... Point Pleasant is a city located in Mason County, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (yellow outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (blue lines) of a contiguous area. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In hydrology, the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time. ... Image File history File links Kanawha_watershed. ... Image File history File links Kanawha_watershed. ... The Ohio River is the largest tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A state of the United States is any one of the fifty subnational entities referred to... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It is formed at the town of Gauley Bridge in northwestern Fayette County, approximately 35 mi (56 km) SE of Charleston, by the confluence of the New and Gauley rivers. It flows generally northwest, in a winding course on the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, through Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam and Mason Counties, past the cities of Charleston and St. Albans and numerous smaller communities. It joins the Ohio at Point Pleasant. Gauley Bridge is a town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. ... Fayette County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Official website: www. ... Confluence of Rhine and Mosel at Koblenz In geography, a confluence describes the point where two rivers meet and become one, usually when a tributary joins a more major river. ... The New River Valley from Hawks Nest State Park. ... The Gauley River is one of the most popular advanced whitewater runs in the Eastern United States and is the chief feature of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. ... The Allegheny Plateau is a large, dissected plateau area in southern New York, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. ... Kanawha County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Putnam County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Mason County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... The Kanawha River in St. ... Point Pleasant is a city located in Mason County, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. ...


The river valley contains significant deposits of coal and natural gas. In colonial times, the wildly fluctuating level of the river prevented its use for transportation. The removal of boulders and snags on the lower river in the 1840s allowed navigation, extended after the construction of locks and dams starting in 1875. The river is now navigable to Deepwater, an unincorporated community about 20 miles upriver from Charleston. A thriving chemical industry along its banks provides a significant part of the economy of West Virginia. Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Natural gas is a gaseous fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane. ... // Events and Trends Technology First use of general anesthesia in an operation, by Crawford Long The first electrical telegraph sent by Samuel Morse on May 24, 1844 from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.. War, peace and politics First signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) on February... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Deepwater, also known as Deep Water, is an unincorporated town on the Kanawha River in Fayette County, West Virginia. ...

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Tributaries

In addition to the New and Gauley Rivers, the Kanawha is joined at Charleston by the Elk River, at St. Albans by the Coal River, and at Poca by the Pocatalico River. The Elk River is a tributary of the Kanawha River in central West Virginia. ... The Coal River is a tributary of the Kanawha River in southern West Virginia. ... Poca is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... The Pocatalico River is a tributary of the Kanawha River in West Virginia. ...


List of cities and towns along the Kanawha River

Bancroft is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... Belle is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. ... Buffalo is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... Cedar Grove is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Official website: www. ... Chesapeake is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Dunbar is a city located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... East Bank is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Eleanor is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... Gauley Bridge is a town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. ... Glasgow is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Handley is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Henderson is a town located in Mason County, West Virginia. ... Jefferson is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Leon is a town located in Mason County, West Virginia. ... Marmet is a city located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Montgomery is a city located in West Virginia. ... Nitro is a city located in West Virginia. ... Poca is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... Point Pleasant is a city located in Mason County, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. ... Pratt is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... The Kanawha River in St. ... Smithers is a city located in West Virginia. ... South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ... Winfield is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ...

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Kanawha River has also been known as: GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ...

  • Big Connawas River
  • Big Connawas River
  • Big Kanawha River
  • Canawha
  • Canhawa River
  • Chinidashhichetha
  • Chinodahichetha River
  • Chinodashichetha
  • Chinondaista
  • Great Canawha River
  • Great Kanawha River
  • Great Kanhawa River
  • Great Kanhaway River
  • Great Kehhawa River
  • Great Kenhawa River
  • Great Kenhaway River
  • Great Konhaway River
  • Great Konhawayriver
  • Kanahaway River
  • Kanawa River
  • Kanawah River
  • Kanaway River
  • Kanawhy River
  • Kanhaway River
  • Kannawha River
  • Keanawha River
  • Kenhaway River
  • Keninsheka
  • Kinhaway River
  • Kunhaway River
  • Le-we-ke-o-mi
  • New River
  • Pi-que-me-ta-mi
  • Pique-me-ta-nei
  • Woods River

The New River is a tributary of the Kanawha River, approximately 320 mi (515 km) long, in the U.S. states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in the United States. ...

Highways

  • Interstate 64 seems to love the river, as it crosses the Kanawha no less than four times on major bridges in the Charleston vicinity.

Interstate 64 (abbreviated I-64) is an Interstate Highway in the eastern United States. ...

See also

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... The Little Kanawha River is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 160 mi (257 km) long, in northwestern West Virginia in the United States. ... The third USS Kanawha (AO-1) was laid down 8 December 1913 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, Calif. ... An oiler is a ship, also called a tanker, that can carry a liquid cargo of petroleum, or a naval support vessel that carries fuel to other naval ships steaming at sea, and can transfer the fuel during underway RAS improved fleet operations reliability, availabiltiy and serviceability. ...

Further reading

Arthur Benke & Colbert Cushing, "Rivers of North America". Elsevier Academic Press, 2005 ISBN 0-12-088253-1


 
 

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