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Spring River Tributaries Watershed

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The Spring River Tributaries Watershed covers about 480 square miles in Missouri, within parts of Howell and Oregon Counties, or about 40% of the total area of the Spring River Watershed, the remainder being in Arkansas.

Click for interactive mapThe watershed consists of three major streams which generally flow in a south to southeast direction, and cross the Missouri/Arkansas border to join the Spring River in Arkansas. These streams include the South Fork of the Spring River, Myatt Creek, and the Warm Fork of the Spring River. The longest of these tributaries in Missouri is the Warm Fork of the Spring River which originates in the headwaters as Howell Creek within the city limits of West Plains. The Warm Fork becomes the Spring River at the confluence of Mammoth Spring at Mammoth Spring, AR.

The two most prominent natural features in the watershed are Grand Gulf (Missouri) and Mammoth Spring (Arkansas).

Land use/land cover within the Spring River Tributaries Watershed primarily consists of grassland/cropland (49.1%) and forest/woodland (48.3%). Urban areas make up 2.4% of the watershed. The watershed has two urban areas with a population of over 1,000 persons. These are Thayer (population 1,996) and West Plains (population 10,913). West Plains is the largest population center in South Central Missouri. It is also a hub of transportation. Two U.S. highways and one rail line intersect the city of West Plains and thus the watershed. The population density of the watershed is approximately 43 persons per square mile.

Approximately 2% of the watershed is in public ownership, nearly all of which is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The largest public area is the 6,579 acre White Ranch Conservation Area. Other public areas include Grand Gulf and Tingler Prairie.

Spring River Tributaries Photo Tour

Galloway Creek Nature Park

Colonel Torrey and Fruitville
Stream Team Water Quality Monitoring Data Online charts showing the results of Stream Team water quality monitoring.

West Plains Watersheds
Best Management Practices Series
Pied Piper Leads Her Cattle Into Green Pastures
A Cattle Whisperer's Secrets
Master Naturalists
Nature Journals

Grand Gulf to Mammoth Spring

Tingler Prairie


  Sources: Spring River Tributaries WATERSHED INVENTORY AND ASSESSMENT
Missouri Regional Social and Economic Profile

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