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D River downstream; the Pacific Ocean is at the mouth

The D River is a river in Lincoln City, Oregon, United States. Proclaimed the "shortest river in the world" by the State of Oregon,[1] it was listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's shortest river at 440 feet (130 m). This title was lost in 1989 when Guinness named the Roe River in Montana as the world's shortest. Attempting to reclaim the title, the people of Lincoln City submitted a new measurement to Guinness of about 120 feet (37 m) marked at "extreme high tide".[2] Starting in 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records did not list a category for shortest river.

"Worlds Shortest" river

The river flows from Devils Lake, under U.S. Route 101, and into the Pacific Ocean, entirely within the city limits of Lincoln City. The D River State Recreation Site off Highway 101 is home to two of the world's largest kite festivals in the spring and fall as part of the Portland Rose Festival.

This area was originally settled as the town of Delake, which was later incorporated with other nearby towns to form Lincoln City in 1965. The river had been known by several names, including simply "the outlet", and earned its short name in a contest.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "D River State Recreation Site". State Parks. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
  2. ^ Finley, Carmel (1988-05-04). "D River Reclaims 'Lost' Title". The Oregonian. "Ginther said he determined that the D River flows from a fish control structure at the entrance of the lake west to where a huge driftwood log marks the point of extreme high tide, give or take five feet, and depending on sand elevation. That is 120 feet."  
  3. ^ Niki Price (January 18, 2007). "The World's Shortest River is Long on Controversy". Oregon Coast Today. Retrieved 2009-03-05. "In 1940, the Delake Chamber of Commerce sponsored a nationwide contest to come up with a new, shorter name for the world's shortest river. The winning moniker, "D," a perfectly succinct name submitted by Mrs. Johanna Beard of Albany, Ore., was officially accepted by the U.S. Geographic Board of Names."  

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Coordinates: 44°58′04″N 124°00′59″W / 44.96778°N 124.01639°W / 44.96778; -124.01639

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