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Kansas Watersheds

Kansas Watersheds - No matter where you live...You live in a Watershed!

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains water toward a downhill point. The point can be a stream segment, river, a lake or pond, or the lowest place within the watershed where rain always collects. Since the movement of water is directed by gravity, a watershed will be separated from other watersheds by land with higher points of elevation.

Kansas Watersheds

Missouri River Basin Arkansas River Basin
Hydrologic Code (HUC 8) Watershed Name Hydrologic Code (HUC 8) Watershed Name
10240005 Tarkio-Wolf 11020009 Upper Arkansas-John Martin
10240007 South Fork Big Nemaha 11030001 Middle Arkansas-Lake McKinney
10240008 Big Nemaha 11030002 Whitewoman
10240011 Independence-Sugar 11030003 Arkansas-Dodge City
10250001 Arikaree 11030004 Coon-Pickerel
10250002 North Fork Republican 11030005 Pawnee
10250003 South Fork Republican 11030006 Buckner
10250004 Upper Republican 11030007 Upper Walnut Creek
10250009 Harlan County Reservoir 11030008 Lower Walnut Creek
10250010 Upper Sappa 11030009 Rattlesnake
10250011 Lower Sappa 11030010 Gar-Peace
10250012 South Fork Beaver 11030011 Cow
10250013 Little Beaver 11030012 Little Arkansas
10250014 Beaver 11030013 Middle Arkansas-Slate
10250015 Prairie Dog 11030014 North Fork Ninnescah
10250016 Middle Republican 11030015 South Fork Ninnescah
10250017 Lower Republican 11030016 Ninnescah
10260001 Smoky Hill Headwaters 11030017 Upper Walnut River
10260002 North Fork Smoky Hill 11030018 Lower Walnut River
10260003 Upper Smoky Hill 11040002 Upper Cimarron
10260004 Ladder 11040003 North Fork Cimarron
10260005 Hackberry 11040004 Sand Arroyo
10260006 Middle Smoky Hill 11040005 Bear
10260007 Big 11040006 Upper Cimarron-Liberal
10260008 Lower Smoky Hill 11040007 Crooked
10260009 Upper Saline 11040008 Upper Cimarron-Bluff
10260010 Lower Saline 11050001 Lower Cimarron-Eagle Chief
10260011 Upper North Fork Solomon 11060001 Kaw Lake
10260012 Lower North Fork Solomon 11060002 Upper Salt Fork Arkansas
10260013 Upper South Fork Solomon 11060003 Medicine Lodge
10260014 Lower South Fork Solomon 11060004 Lower Salt Fork Arkansas
10260015 Solomon 11060005 Chikaskia
10270101 Upper Kansas 11070101 Upper Verdigris
10270102 Middle Kansas 11070102 Fall
10270103 Delaware 11070103 Middle Verdigris
10270104 Lower Kansas 11070104 Elk
10270205 Lower Big Blue 11070106 Caney
10270206 Upper Little Blue 11070201 Neosho Headwaters
10270207 Lower Little Blue 11070202 Upper Cottonwood
10290101 Upper Marais Des Cygnes 11070203 Lower Cottonwood
10290102 Lower Marais Des Cygnes 11070204 Upper Neosho
10290103 Little Osage 11070205 Middle Neosho
10290104 Marmaton 11070206 Lake O' the Cherokees
10290108 South Grand 11070207 Spring
10300101 Lower Missouri-Crooked 11100102 Middle Beaver

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Kansas 8 Digit HUC Watersheds Map (PDF; 3 MB) (Text version)
Kansas Watersheds (PDF; 32 KB)

What does HUC 8 mean?

HUC stands for Hydrologic Unit Code. The United States Geological Survey developed a classification system for dividing hydrologic regions and assigning them a code based on their region (represented by the first and second digits in the code), sub-region (third and forth digits), accounting units (fifth and sixth digits), and cataloging unites (seventh and eighth digits). Example, HUC 10270104 = Region 10, Sub-Region 27, Accounting Unit 01, Catalog Unit 04.

More Information

For more information about watersheds visit your local NRCS or county conservation district office, State Conservation Commission, and Surf Your Watershed.