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The White River flowing into the Missouri River and coloring it with clay

Tributaries of the Missouri River, a major river in the central United States, are listed in upstream order. These lists are arranged into river sections between cities or mouths of major tributaries for ease of navigation. Two large tributaries (the Platte and Yellowstone) have their own separate lists because they would be too lengthy to include in part of another section.

Data is derived from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographical maps and the USGS National Map.

Mouth to Kansas City

Kansas City to Plattsmouth

Platte River Basin

Plattsmouth to Pierre

Vermillion River

  • James River
    • Wolf Creek
    • Pierre Creek
    • Rock Creek
    • Shue Creek
    • Timber Creek
    • Snake Creek
    • Mud Creek
    • Elm River
    • Pipestem River
    • Kelly Creek
  • Bazile Creek
  • Niobrara River
    • Verdigre Creek
    • Redbird Creek
    • Eagle Creek
    • Keya Paha River
      • Shadley Creek
    • Plum Creek
    • Minnechaduza Creek
    • Snake River
      • Steer Creek
    • Bear Creek
    • Leander Creek
    • Rush Creek
    • Pine Creek
    • Butte Creek
  • Ponca Creek
  • Choteau Creek
  • Garden Creek
  • Platte Creek
  • White River
  • American Creek
  • Crow Creek
  • Knoll Creek
  • Bad River
    • War Creek
    • White Clay Creek
    • Dry Creek
    • Mitchell Creek
    • North Fork Bad River
    • South Fork Bad River

Pierre to Bismarck

  • Okobojo Creek
  • Cheyenne River
    • Cherry Creek
    • Belle Fourche River
      • Alkali Creek
      • Bear Butte Creek
      • Whitewood Creek
      • Redwater River
        • Spearfish Creek
      • Blacktail Creek
      • Kara Creek
    • Elk Creek
    • Boxelder Creek
    • Rapid Creek
    • Spring Creek
    • Battle Creek
    • French Creek
    • Beaver Creek
    • Horsehead Creek
    • Cascade Creek
    • Hat Creek
    • Red Canyon Creek
    • Lance Creek
    • Black Thunder Creek
      • Little Thunder Creek
    • Antelope Creek
    • Dry Fork Cheyenne River
  • Moreau River
    • Virgin Creek
    • Little Moreau River
    • Red Earth Creek
    • Bear Creek
    • Irish Creek
    • Thunder Butte Creek
    • Deep Creek
    • Beverly Creek
    • North Fork Moreau River
    • South Fork Moreau River
      • Battle Creek
  • Grand River
    • High Bank Creek
    • Firesteel Creek
    • Black Horse Butte Creek
    • Thunder Hawk Creek
    • Willow Creek
    • North Fork Grand River
      • Buffalo Creek
      • Lightning Creek
      • Spring Creek
    • South Fork Grand River
      • Flat Creek
      • Lodgepole Creek
      • Big Nasty Creek
      • Skull Creek
  • Oak Creek
  • Fourmile Creek
  • Porcupine Creek
  • Beaver Creek
  • Cannonball River
    • Cantapeta Creek
    • Dogtooth Creek
    • Cedar Creek
      • Hay Creek
      • Brushy Creek
      • Duck Creek
    • Snake Creek
    • Morris Creek
    • Sheep Creek
    • Thirtymile Creek
  • Apple Creek
  • Heart River
    • Sweetbriar Creek
    • Big Muddy Creek
      • Haymarsh Creek
    • Antelope Creek
    • Heart Butte Creek
    • Green River
    • Ash Creek
    • South Branch Heart River

Bismarck to Williston

  • Burnt Creek
  • Painted Woods Creek
  • Turtle Creek
  • Knife River
    • Spring Creek
    • Elm Creek
    • Deep Creek
    • Crooked Creek
    • Little Knife River
  • Garrison Creek
  • Douglas Creek (submerged under Lake Sakakawea)
    • East Branch Douglas Creek
    • Middle Branch Douglas Creek
    • West Branch Douglas Creek
  • Little Missouri River
    • Cherry Creek
      • Rough Creek
    • Crosby Creek
    • Beicegel Creek
    • Beaver Creek
      • Elk Creek
    • Knutson Creek
    • Davis Creek
    • Sand Creek
    • Deep Creek
      • West Fork Deep Creek
      • East Fork Deep Creek
    • Cannonball Creek
    • Beaver Creek
    • Boxelder Creek
      • Cabin Creek
    • Willow Creek
    • North Fork Little Missouri River
    • Prairie Creek
  • Shell Creek
    • East Fork Shell Creek
    • West Shell Creek
  • Bear Den Creek
  • Little Knife River
  • White Earth River
    • Paulsen Creek
  • Little Muddy River

Yellowstone River Basin

  • Yellowstone River
    • Charbonneau Creek
    • Horse Creek
    • Fox Creek
    • Burns Creek
    • Box Elder Creek
    • Clear Creek
    • Cedar Creek
    • O'Fallon Creek
      • Sandstone Creek
    • Powder River
      • Mispah Creek
      • Little Powder River
      • Clear Creek
      • Wild Horse Creek
      • Crazy Woman Creek
        • South Fork Crazy Woman Creek
        • Middle Fork Crazy Woman Creek
        • North Fork Crazy Woman Creek
      • Dry Fork Powder River
      • Salt Creek
      • South Fork Powder River
      • North Fork Powder River
      • Middle Fork Powder River
        • Red Fork Powder River
        • Buffalo Creek
    • Tongue River
      • Pumpkin Creek
      • Ash Creek
      • Foster Creek
      • Lay Creek
      • Liscom Creek
      • Beaver Creek
      • Otter Creek
      • Hanging Woman Creek
      • Prairie Dog Creek
      • Goose Creek
      • Wolf Creek
    • Rosebud Creek
      • Little Rosebud Creek
      • West Rosebud Creek
      • Lame Deer Creek
      • Muddy Creek
      • Davis Creek
    • Armells Creek
      • East Fork Armells Creek
      • West Fork Armells Creek
    • Sarpy Creek
    • Bighorn River
      • Tullock Creek
      • Little Bighorn River
      • Beauvais Creek
      • Rotten Grass Creek
      • Soap Creek
      • Porcupine Creek
      • Crooked Creek
      • Shoshone River
        • Sage Creek
        • Spring Creek
        • North Fork Shoshone River
          • Elk Fork Shoshone River
        • South Fork Shoshone River
      • Dry Creek
      • Shell Creek
        • Beaver Creek
      • Greybull River
        • Meeteetse Creek
        • Wood River
          • South Fork Wood River
        • Francs Fork Greybull River
      • Nowood River
        • Paint Rock Creek
        • Tensleep Creek
        • Otter Creek
        • Deep Creek
      • Fifteenmile Creek
        • Middle Fork Fifteenmile Creek
          • South Fork Fifteenmile Creek
      • Nowater Creek
      • Gooseberry Creek
      • Cottonwood Creek
        • Grass Creek
        • Prospect Creek
      • Kirby Creek
      • Owl Creek
      • Wind River
        • Muddy Creek
        • Badwater Creek
        • Poison Creek
        • Fivemile Creek
        • Muskrat Creek
        • Little Wind River
          • Beaver Creek
          • Popo Agie River
          • Sage Creek
          • South Fork Little Wind River
          • North Fork Little Wind River
        • Dry Creek
        • Bull Lake Creek
        • Crow Creek
        • Dinwoody Creek
        • East Fork Wind River
          • Wiggins Fork Wind River
        • Horse Creek
        • Du Noir Creek
    • Fly Creek
    • Arrow Creek
    • Pryor Creek
      • Hay Creek
    • Blue Creek
    • Clarks Fork Yellowstone River
      • Rock Creek
        • Red Lodge Creek
      • Bear Creek
      • Bennett Creek
      • O'Hara Creek
      • Sunlight Creek
      • Crandall Creek
    • Stillwater River
      • Rosebud Creek
        • West Rosebud Creek
        • East Rosebud Creek
      • Limestone Creek
    • Sweet Grass Creek
    • Otter Creek
    • Boulder River
      • West Boulder River
      • East Boulder River
      • East Fork Boulder River
    • Big Timber Creek
      • Swamp Creek
    • Duck Creek
    • Shields River
      • Rock Creek
      • Cottonwood Creek
      • Flathead Creek
    • Gardiner River
      • Lava Creek
      • Winter Creek
      • Obsidian Creek
    • Hellroaring Creek
    • Lamar River
    • Tower Creek
    • Raven Creek
    • Thorofare Creek
    • North Fork Yellowstone River
    • South Fork Yellowstone River

North Dakota-Montana Border to Great Falls

  • Little Muddy Creek
  • Big Muddy Creek
    • Smoke Creek
    • Lake Creek
  • Poplar River
    • Boxelder Creek
    • West Fork Poplar River
      • Police Creek
      • Hell Creek
      • Butte Creek
      • Middle Fork Poplar River
      • East Fork Poplar River
  • Wolf Creek
  • Little Porcupine Creek
  • Milk River
    • Porcupine Creek
      • Middle Fork Porcupine Creek
    • Willow Creek
    • Rock Creek
      • Willow Creek
      • Snake Creek
    • Beaver Creek
    • Frenchman Creek
    • Whitewater Creek
    • Little Cottonwood Creek
    • Cottonwood Creek
      • Black Coulee
      • Woody Island Coulee
    • Battle Creek
      • East Fork Battle Creek
    • Lodge Creek
    • Clear Creek
    • Boxelder Creek
    • Big Sandy Creek
      • Sage Creek
    • Verdigris Coulee
    • North Fork Milk River
      • Lonely Valley Creek
    • Middle Fork Milk River
    • South Fork Milk River
  • Big Dry Creek
    • Woody Creek
    • Little Dry Creek
  • Musselshell River
    • Flatwillow Creek
      • Box Elder Creek
        • McDonald Creek
      • Elk Creek
    • American Fork Musselshell River
    • South Fork Musselshell River
    • North Fork Musselshell River
  • Armells Creek
  • Cow Creek
  • Birch Creek
  • Judith River
    • Wolf Creek
    • Warm Springs Creek
    • Sage Creek
    • Big Spring Creek
    • Louse Creek
    • Ross Fork Creek
    • Middle Fork Judith River
      • Lost Fork Judith River
    • South Fork Judith River
  • Arrow Creek
    • Cowboy Creek
    • Surprise Creek
  • Marias River
  • Highwood Creek
  • Belt Creek

Great Falls to Three Forks

Headwaters

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