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Burnt River
Burnt River Canyon (Baker County, Oregon scenic images) (bakDA0050a).jpg
Flowing through Burnt River Canyon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Baker
Physical characteristics
Main source Blue Mountains
near Unity, Oregon
3,824 ft (1,166 m)
River mouth Snake River
near Huntington, Oregon
2,073 ft (632 m)
Length 98 mi (158 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    131 cu ft/s (3.7 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 1,090 sq mi (2,800 km2)

The Burnt River is a 98-mile-long (158 km) tributary of the Snake River in eastern Oregon, United States. It enters the Snake near Huntington, Oregon, at a point upstream of the Powder River and downstream of the Malheur River, slightly more than 327 miles (526 km) from the Snake's confluence with the Columbia River. Draining 1,090 square miles (2,800 km2), it flows predominantly west to east.

The river begins at Unity Reservoir at the confluence of the North, West, Middle, and South forks of the river. The reservoir is slightly east of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in the Blue Mountains and slightly north of Unity. Unity Lake State Recreation Site adjoins the reservoir. As it leaves the lake, the river flows under Oregon Route 245, then runs east through the upper Burnt River Valley past Hereford and Bridgeport and, through the Burnt River Canyon, to Durkee. Turning generally south at Durkee, the river runs along Interstate 84 past Weatherby, Dixie, and Lime before flowing under the Interstate and turning east again. Shortly thereafter, it passes Huntington and reaches the Snake.

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