Savannah River

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Coordinates: 32°2′16″N 80°51′0″W / 32.03778°N 80.85000°W / 32.03778; -80.85000
Savannah River
Tugaloo River
Savannah River Augusta Canal Riverwatch Pkwy 2.jpg
Savannah River at Augusta
Country United States
States North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
 - left Seneca River
 - right Tugaloo River
Cities Savannah, Augusta
Source Lake Hartwell
 - elevation 660 ft (201 m) [1]
 - coordinates 34°26′37″N 82°51′22″W / 34.44361°N 82.85611°W / 34.44361; -82.85611 [2]
Mouth Atlantic Ocean
 - location Tybee Roads
 - elevation ft (0 m) [1]
 - coordinates 32°2′16″N 80°51′0″W / 32.03778°N 80.85000°W / 32.03778; -80.85000 [2]
Length 301 mi (484 km)
Basin 9,850 sq mi (25,511 km²) [3]
Discharge for near Clyo, GA
 - average 11,720 cu ft/s (332 /s) [3]
Map of the Savannah River watershed
Map of the Savannah River watershed

The Savannah River is a major river in the southeastern United States. It makes up most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia. The Savannah River drainage basin extends into the southeastern side of the Appalachian Mountains just inside North Carolina. It is bounded by the Eastern Continental Divide. It is formed by the confluence of the Tugaloo River and the Seneca River. Today this confluence is under Lake Hartwell, a man-made reservoir. From Lake Hartwell to the Atlantic Ocean the Savannah River is 313 miles (504 km) long.[4]

Two major cities are located along the Savannah River: Savannah, and Augusta, Georgia. They were the center of early English settlements during the Colonial period of American history.[5] The Savannah River is tidal at Savannah. Downstream from there, the river widens into an estuary. Then it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The area where the river's estuary meets the ocean is known as "Tybee Roads". The Intracoastal Waterway flows through a section of the Savannah River near the city of Savannah.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lake Hartwell Water Level". Lakes Online. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Savannah River
  3. 3.0 3.1 Water Resource Data, South Carolina, 2005, USGS, p. 559. Gages farther downriver affected by tides.
  4. Charles Seabrook (13 October 2006). "Savannah River". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  5. "Colonial GeorgiaSamuel Taylor". Our Georgia History. Golden Ink. Retrieved 25 April 2015.