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Little Wood River
VIEW OF LANE BARN WITH RELATIONSHIP TO LITTLE WOOD RIVER. THE MAIN INTERSECTION OF RICHFIELD IS LOCATED THROUGH THE TREES IN THE RIGHT CENTER OF IMAGE. CAMERA IS POINTING NORTH HABS ID,32-RICHF,1A-2.tif
Little Wood River, south of Richfield
Other name(s) McArthurs River & Wood River
Country United States
State Idaho
Region Blaine County, Lincoln County, Gooding County
Physical characteristics
Main source Pioneer Mountains
Blaine County
9,832 ft (2,997 m)
River mouth Malad River
Gooding County
3,460 ft (1,050 m)
Length 130 mi (210 km)
Discharge
  • Location:
    below Little Wood Reservoir
  • Minimum rate:
    0.34 cu ft/s (0.0096 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    351 cu ft/s (9.9 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    2,900 cu ft/s (82 m3/s)

Little Wood River is a 130-mile-long (210 km) river in south-central Idaho in the United States. It is a tributary of the Malad River, which in turn is tributary to the Snake River and Columbia River.

Description

The Little Wood River originates in the Pioneer Mountains of northern Blaine County, then flows south through Little Wood Reservoir near Carey. Below the reservoir the river flows south into Lincoln County, past Richfield, and then west, past Shoshone, after which it enters Gooding County. Just west of Gooding, the Little Wood River joins the Big Wood River to form the Malad River.

Its tributaries include Baugh Creek.

The Little Wood River is the key source of irrigation water for eastern Blaine County and most of Lincoln County. Its water was a major attraction for the region's first permanent settlement at Carey. The river's water flow is regulated by reservoirs and affected by diversions of water into irrigation canals.

Variant names of the Little Wood River, according to the USGS, include McArthurs River and Wood River.

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