Prairie Dog Creek

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Prairie Dog Creek
Country United States
State Kansas, Nebraska
 - location Thomas County, Kansas
 - elevation 3,384 ft (1,031 m)
 - coordinates 39°18′45″N 101°18′22″W / 39.31250°N 101.30611°W / 39.31250; -101.30611 [1]
Mouth Harlan County Reservoir
 - location Harlan County, Nebraska
 - elevation 1,946 ft (593 m)
 - coordinates 40°03′41″N 99°15′13″W / 40.06139°N 99.25361°W / 40.06139; -99.25361Coordinates: 40°03′41″N 99°15′13″W / 40.06139°N 99.25361°W / 40.06139; -99.25361 [1]
Length 246 mi (396 km)
Watersheds Prairie Dog-Republican- Kansas-Missouri-Mississippi
Reservoirs Keith Sebelius Lake, Harlan County Reservoir

Prairie Dog Creek is a stream in the central Great Plains of North America. A tributary of the Republican River, it flows for 246 miles (396 km) through the American states of Kansas and Nebraska.[2]


Prairie Dog Creek originates in the High Plains of northwest Kansas. Its source lies in west-central Thomas County roughly 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Brewster, Kansas. From there, it flows generally northeast across northwestern Kansas. Southwest of Norton, Kansas, it is dammed to form Keith Sebelius Lake. From the reservoir's dam, the creek continues northeast to Harlan County in south-central Nebraska where it joins the Republican River to feed Harlan County Reservoir.[3]


In 1964, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation completed a dam on the creek southwest of Norton, Kansas for flood control, irrigation, and municipal water supply, creating Keith Sebelius Lake.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Prairie Dog Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  2. ^ "National Hydrography Dataset". National Hydrography Dataset. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  3. ^ "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  4. ^ Rucker, Kevin E. (December 2009). "Almena Unit: Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program" (PDF). U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. p. 17. Retrieved 2015-09-30.