Big Blue River (Kansas) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBig Blue River
Big Blue River above Manhattan, Kansas
Map of the Kansas River drainage basin showing the Big Blue and Little Blue rivers
|Native name||Great Blue Earth River|
|Cities||Manhattan, KS, Beatrice, NE, Crete, NE, Seward, NE|
|Main source||Near Aurora, NE, Great Plains, United States
40°57′00″N 098°04′31″W / 40.95000°N 98.07528°W
|River mouth||Kansas River
Near Manhattan, Great Plains, United States
39°11′17″N 096°31′40″W / 39.18806°N 96.52778°W
|Length||359 mi (578 km), South|
|River system||Kansas River watershed|
The Big Blue River is the biggest tributary of the Kansas River. The river is about 359 miles (578 km) long. It goes from central Nebraska into Kansas, until its confluence with the Kansas River at Manhattan.
Its name was given from the Kansa tribe of Native Americans. They lived at its mouth from 1780 to 1830. They called it the Great Blue Earth River.
The river goes through mostly agricultural land. Big towns on the river include: Manhattan, Kansas, Beatrice, Nebraska; Crete, Nebraska; and Seward, Nebraska.
Nebraska and Kansas have an agreement on who gets to use the water. Nebraska has full use of the river's water. However, from May 1 to September 30, Nebraska must allow a certain amount to go into Kansas. There has been no shortage of water in the river.
Images for kids
Big Blue River south of Tuttle Creek Lake