According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 2,913,314, Kansas is the 36th largest state among U.S. 50 states, and KS is the two letter abbreviation for Kansas. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of Kansas.
Rivers in Kansas
The Kansas River is an approximately 274 km long tributary of the Missouri River and the namesake of the state of Kansas. The Kansas River is formed by the confluence of the Republican River and Smoky Hill River near the city of Junction City in northeastern Kansas and flows from there in a principally eastward direction towards its mouth in the Missouri. This takes place in the eastern metropolitan area of Kansas City.
The Republican River is an approximately 729 km river in the states of Nebraska and Kansas. It is a tributary of the Kansas River and thus the Missouri. The Republican River is formed by the confluence of the North Fork Republican River and Arikaree River and flows from there in a principally eastward direction through the Great Plains region.
Smoky Hill River
The Smoky Hill River is an approximately 575 km river in the states of Colorado and Kansas. It is a tributary of the Kansas River and thus the Missouri. The Smoky Hill River rises in the High Plains in Colorado from there in a principally eastward direction through the Great Plains region.
The Cimarron River has a length of approximately 1,123 km and is a tributary of the Arkansas River. The Cimarron River flows through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. The name of the river comes from the Spanish and means “Mustang”. The Cimarron River originates at Raton Pass in the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico and flows from there in principle towards its mouth.
The state of Colorado flows through the Cimarron River for only about 15 km and then reaches Kansas. In Kansas, the Cimarron River flows through the Cimarron National Grassland and then the Cimarron Desert. In the Cimarron Desert, the river dries out completely in summer. In Oklahoma, the Cimarron River flows past the southern end of Black Mesa, the highest mountain in Oklahoma. The mouth of the Cimarron River is near the city of Tulsa in Oklahoma in the Keystone Lake in the Arkansas River.
Mountains in Kansas
At 1,239 m, Mount Sunflower is the highest elevation in Kansas. However, one should not imagine that it is in a mountain, as the name suggests. This is meant rather ironically, because Mount Sunflower is located on a high plateau in the far west of Kansas on the border with Colorado and actually has no perceptible height difference from its surroundings. On the “summit” there is a steel sunflower and the sign that says Mt. Sunflower, otherwise you would not know it. There is also the lettering “nothing happened here in 1897”.
The Flint Hills is a slightly hilly region in the east of Kansas with an average height of 512 m. The region is characterized by a prairie landscape, but also offers forests and is very popular in Kansas due to its scenic beauty.
Lakes and reservoirs in Kansas
El Dorado Lake
The El Dorado Lake reservoir is located in southeast Kansas and has been dammed up since 1981. El Dorado Lake covers an area of approximately 32 km² and is partially surrounded by nature reserves.
The Cheyenne Bottoms are not actually lakes, but wetlands or wetlands. The Cheyenne Bottoms cover an area of approximately 166 km² and are considered the largest wetland in the interior of the USA. This wetland is of immense importance for the surrounding flora and fauna and also essential for migratory birds.
The Milford Lake is the largest lake in the state of Kansas with an area of 64 km². Milford Lake is located in northeast Kansas and is a popular local recreation area and even more popular hunting ground.