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The Pamunkey River is a tributary of the York River, about 90 mi (145 km) long, in eastern Virginia in the United States. Via the York River it is part of the watershed of Chesapeake Bay. A tributary (or affluent or confluent) is a contributory stream, a river that does not reach the sea, but joins another major river (a parent river), to which it contributes its waters, swelling its discharge. ... The York River is a navigable estuary, approximately 40 mi (64 km) long, in eastern Virginia in the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 35th 110,862 km² 320 km 690 km 7. ... A watershed is a region of land where water drains downhill into a specified body of water, such as a river, lake, sea, ocean or wetland. ... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. ...



The Pamunkey River is formed by the confluence of the North Anna River and the South Anna River on the boundary of Hanover and Caroline Counties, about 5 mi (8 km) northeast of the town of Ashland. It flows generally southeastwardly past the Pamunkey Indian Reservation to the town of West Point, where it meets the Mattaponi River to form the York River. The river's course is used to define all or portions of the southern boundaries of Caroline and King William Counties and the northern boundaries of Hanover and New Kent Counties. The North Anna River is a principal tributary of the Pamunkey River, about 70 mi (115 km) long, in central Virginia in the United States. ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1720 Seat Hanover Area  - Total  - Water 1,228 km² (474 mi²) 4 km² (1 mi²) 0. ... Caroline County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Ashland is a town located in Hanover County, Virginia. ... Pamunkey Indian Reservation is a Native American Reservation located in Virginia in the United States. ... West Point is the name of a military academy in New York. ... The Mattaponi River is a tributary of the York River estuary in eastern Virginia in the United States. ... King William County is a county located on the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... New Kent County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ...

Variant names

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names settled on "Pamunkey River" as the river's official name in 1892. According to the Geographic Names Information System it has also been known as: The United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is a US Federal body whose purpose is to establish and maintain uniform usage of geographic names throughout the Federal Government. ... 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. ...

  • Pamauncke River
  • Pamoeoncock River
  • Pamunky River
  • Pemaeoncock
  • Yough-ta-mund
  • Youghtanund

See also

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Virginia, as listed in The Hornbook of Virginia History (1994 edition). ...


  • Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry
  • DeLorme (2005). Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-326-5.
  • GNIS entry

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Pamunkey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1468 words)
The Pamunkey River was a main mode of transportation and food source.
The Pamunkeys are part of the larger Algonquian family.
The Pamunkeys were formally recognized by the outside world since treaties with King William I of England in the second half of the 17th century.
Chickahominy River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1344 words)
Chickahominy also known as "the Chick" is a river in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Virginia, near which several battles of the United States Civil War were fought in 1862 and 1864.
The river was named after the Chickahominy Indian tribe who lived near the river when it was claimed by English colonists in 1607.
The Chickahominy River is a Coastal Plain tributary to the James River (Virginia) with headwaters northwest of Richmond, Virginia in the Fall Zone.
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