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Osage River
Map of the Osage River watershed showing the Niangua River
Country United States
State Missouri
Region Osage Plains, Ozarks
City Warsaw, Lake Ozark, Tuscumbia, St. Thomas
Physical characteristics
River mouth Missouri River
Bonnots Mill, Missouri
518 ft (158 m)
38°35′49″N 91°56′43″W / 38.59694°N 91.94528°W / 38.59694; -91.94528
Length 276 mi (444 km)
Basin features
Basin size 15,300 sq mi (40,000 km2)
Watersheds Osage-Missouri-Mississippi

The Osage River is a 276-mile-long (444 km) tributary of the Missouri River in central Missouri in the United States. The eighth-largest river in the state, it drains a mostly rural area of 15,300 square miles (40,000 km2). The watershed includes an area of east-central Kansas and a large portion of west-central and central Missouri, where it drains northwest areas of the Ozark Plateau.

The river flows generally easterly, then northeasterly for the final 80 miles (130 km) where it joins the Missouri River. It is impounded in two major locations. Most of the river has been converted into a chain of two reservoirs, the Harry S. Truman Reservoir and the Lake of the Ozarks.

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