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Sprague River
Name origin: Capt. F.B. Sprague, commander of Fort Klamath in 1866[1]
Country  United States
State Oregon
County Klamath
Source Confluence of the Sprague River's north and south forks
 - location near Bly, Klamath County, Oregon
 - elevation 4,325 ft (1,318 m) [2]
 - coordinates 42°26′16″N 121°06′34″W / 42.43778°N 121.10944°W / 42.43778; -121.10944 [3]
Mouth Williamson River
 - location Chiloquin, Klamath County, Oregon
 - elevation 4,163 ft (1,269 m) [3]
 - coordinates 42°34′16″N 121°52′28″W / 42.57111°N 121.87444°W / 42.57111; -121.87444 [3]
Basin 1,565 sq mi (4,053 km2) [4]
Discharge for 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Chiloquin, 5.4 miles (8.7 km) from mouth
 - average 580 cu ft/s (16 m3/s) [4]
 - max 14,900 cu ft/s (422 m3/s)
 - min 50 cu ft/s (1 m3/s)
Sprague River and vicinity
Location of the mouth of the Sprague River in Oregon

The Sprague River is a tributary of the Williamson River, approximately 75 miles (121 km) long, in southwestern Oregon in the United States. It drains an arid volcanic plateau region east of the Cascade Range in the watershed of the Klamath River.

It is formed by the confluence of its north and south forks in eastern Klamath County, approximately 35 miles (56 km) east-northeast of Klamath Falls at 42°26′16″N 121°06′34″W / 42.4376500°N 121.1094355°W / 42.4376500; -121.1094355 (Sprague River source). The North Fork Sprague River, 30 miles (48 km), rises in southwestern Lake County in the Fremont National Forest near Gearhart Mountain at 42°31′44″N 120°49′06″W / 42.5287618°N 120.8183115°W / 42.5287618; -120.8183115 (North Fork Sprague River source) and flows southwest. The South Fork Sprague River, 30 miles (48 km), rises northeast of Quartz Mountain Pass at 42°28′54″N 120°47′13″W / 42.4815400°N 120.7869201°W / 42.4815400; -120.7869201 (South Fork Sprague River source) and flows west-northwest. The combined stream flows west through the broad Sprague Valley, past the small communities of Bly, Beatty, and Sprague River. It joins the Williamson from the east at Chiloquin, about 10 miles (16 km) north of the mouth of the Williamson on Upper Klamath Lake at 42°34′16″N 121°52′28″W / 42.5712475°N 121.8744593°W / 42.5712475; -121.8744593 (Sprague River mouth).

It receives the Sycan River from the north at Beatty. Superb trout fishing exists in the Sprague and its tributaries.

See also


  1. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003). Oregon Geographic Names, Seventh Edition. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 904. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.  
  2. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  3. ^ a b c "Sprague River". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1980-11-28. Retrieved 2008-11-11.  
  4. ^ a b "Water-Data Report 2007: 11501000 Sprague River near Chiloquin, OR" (pdf). United States Geological Survey. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-11.  

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