The Kansas River (known interchangeably as the Kaw) is a river in northeastern Kansas in the United States. It is the southwestern-most part of the Missouri River drainage, which is in turn the northwestern-most portion of the extensive Mississippi River drainage.
The river valley averages 2.6 miles (4.2 km) in width, with the widest points being between Wamego and Rossville, where it is up to 4 miles (6.4 km) wide, then narrowing to 1 mile (1.6 km) or less in places below Eudora. Much of the river's watershed is dammed for flood control, but the Kaw is generally free-flowing and has only minor obstructions, including diversion weirs and one low impact hydroelectric dam.
Beginning at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers, just east of aptly-named Junction City (1030 ft), the Kaw flows some 170 miles generally eastward to join the Missouri River at Kaw Point (730 ft) in Kansas City. Dropping only 320 feet on its journey seaward, the water in the Kaw falls less than 2 feet per mile. The Kansas River valley is only 138 miles long; the surplus length of the river is due to meandering across the floodplain.
Recreation along the Kansas River includes fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and rowing. There are 18 public access points along the river.
American Eel, Black Crappie, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Longnose Gar, Spotted Gar , Striped Bass, White Bass, White Crappie, are some of the fish caught on this river.
Standing timber, stumps, holes, brush piles, downed trees.