Rattlesnake Creek (Kansas)

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Rattlesnake Creek
Salt Creek
River
Country United States
State Kansas
Region High Plains
Part of Arkansas River watershed
Source
 - location Near Kiowa, High Plains, Kansas, United States
 - elevation 1,729 ft (527 m)
 - coordinates 37°28′30″N 099°46′35″W / 37.47500°N 99.77639°W / 37.47500; -99.77639 [1]
Mouth Arkansas River
 - location Near Sterling, Kansas, United States
 - elevation 527 ft (161 m) [1]
 - coordinates 38°12′59″N 098°30′00″W / 38.21639°N 98.50000°W / 38.21639; -98.50000Coordinates: 38°12′59″N 098°30′00″W / 38.21639°N 98.50000°W / 38.21639; -98.50000 [1]
Length 95 mi (153 km), Northeast-Southwest [1]

Rattlesnake Creek is an approximately 95 mile stream that is a tributary to the Arkansas River in central Kansas.[2] The head of the stream is in northern Kiowa County and it flows northeast through Edwards and Stafford Counties before converging with the Arkansas River in Rice County. The stream flows through Quivira National Wildlife Refuge dividing the refuge in half. The stream was officially named Rattlesnake Creek in 1971 by the Department of Interior; before 1971 it was called either Rattlesnake Creek, Salt Creek, or West Fork Rattlesnake Creek.[2]

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