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South Fork Republican River
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The river in Hale, Colorado.
Country United States
State Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska
Physical characteristics
Main source Lincoln County, Colorado
5,384 ft (1,641 m)
River mouth Republican River
Benkelman, Nebraska
2,969 ft (905 m)
Length 171 mi (275 km)
Discharge
  • Location:
    USGS 06827500 near Benkelman, NE
  • Minimum rate:
    0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    35.1 cu ft/s (0.99 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    6,220 cu ft/s (176 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 2,778 sq mi (7,190 km2)
Watersheds South Fork Republican-
Republican-Kansas-Missouri-
Mississippi

The South Fork Republican River is a river that arises in Lincoln County, Colorado, United States, and flows east-northeastward for about 171 miles (275 km) through Kit Carson and Yuma Counties, Colorado, and Cheyenne County, Kansas, to a confluence with the Republican River in Dundy County, Nebraska. Bonny Reservoir is located on the South Fork Republican River in Yuma County, Colorado.

The South Fork Republican River drains an area of 2,778 square miles (7,190 km2), including 2,106 square miles (5,450 km2), or 75.8%, in eastern Colorado, 667 square miles (1,730 km2), or 24.0%, in northwestern Kansas, and 6 square miles (16 km2), or 0.2%, in southwestern Nebraska.

Use of water from the South Fork Republican River is governed by the Republican River Compact, a water agreement among the U.S. states of Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska signed on 12-31-1942

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