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Map of the Quinn River drainage basin

The Quinn River, once known as the Queen River is an intermittent river, approximately 110 miles (180 km) long, in the desert of northwestern Nevada in the United States. It drains an enclosed basin inside the larger Great Basin.

It rises in northeastern Humboldt County, on the west side of the Santa Rosa Range, just south of the Oregon state line. Its course flows southwest, through the main Nevada lands of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada and Oregon and then south and southwest receiving the Kings River flowing south from Kings River Valley. The Quinn River evaporates in a sink at the Black Rock Desert approximately 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Winnemucca on the Hog John Ranch of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada and Oregon.



The Quinn River is the largest river in the region, starting in the Santa Rosa Range and ending in the Quinn River Sink on the playa south of the Black Rock Range. The watershed covers 11,600 sq mi (30,000 km2)[1] including the Upper and Lower Quinn River, Smoke Creek Desert, Massacre Lake, and Thousand Creek[2]/Virgin Valley[3] watersheds of northwestern Nevada as well as small parts across the borders of California and Oregon.

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