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Link River
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Link River, upstream of the Link River Dam
Country United States
State Oregon
County Klamath
Physical characteristics
Main source Upper Klamath Lake
4,149 ft (1,265 m)
River mouth Lake Ewauna
Klamath Falls
4,091 ft (1,247 m)
Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Discharge
  • Location:
    0.4 miles (0.64 km) upstream of Main Street Bridge
  • Minimum rate:
    17 cu ft/s (0.48 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    1,276 cu ft/s (36.1 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    9,400 cu ft/s (270 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 3,810 sq mi (9,900 km2)

The Link River is a short river connecting Upper Klamath Lake to Lake Ewauna in the city of Klamath Falls in the U.S. state of Oregon. Draining a basin of 3,810 square miles (9,900 km2), the river begins at the southern end of Klamath Lake and flows a short distance to the Link River Dam and continues 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the head of Lake Ewauna. The "falls" from which Klamath Falls derives its name, and which in reality are best described as rapids rather than falls, are visible a short distance below the dam, though the water flow is generally insufficient to provide water flow over the rocks. The Klamath River begins at the narrow southern end of Lake Ewauna and flows 253 miles (407 km) from there to the Pacific Ocean.

Before settlers came to the Klamath Basin, the Link River was known to the local Klamaths as Yulalona, meaning "back and forth." At times, strong winds blew the water upstream into Klamath Lake and partly drained the riverbed.

After its founding in 1867, Klamath Falls was originally named Linkville. The name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1892–93.

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