Smoky Hills

Coordinates: 38°47′30″N 97°59′51″W / 38.79167°N 97.99750°W / 38.79167; -97.99750
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Smoky Hills
Highest point
Elevation522 m (1,713 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
CountryUnited States
StatesKansas and Nebraska
RegionPlains Border (subregion)
Range coordinates38°47′30″N 97°59′51″W / 38.79167°N 97.99750°W / 38.79167; -97.99750
Parent rangeGreat Plains
Age of rockCretaceous

The Smoky Hills are an upland area of hills in the Great Plains are of North America. They are in the Midwestern United States, mostly in north-central Kansas and a small part of south-central Nebraska.

Geography[change | change source]

The Republican River, Saline River, Solomon River, and Smoky Hill River all go east through the Smoky Hills. This is because they start in the High Plains. Starting in the 1940s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation dammed these rivers at points in the Smoky Hills for flood control and irrigation reasons. This created many reservoirs.[1][2] These include Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Kanopolis Lake, Kirwin Reservoir, Waconda Lake, Webster Reservoir, and Wilson Lake.

Land in the Smoky Hills is mostly used for farming.[3] The region doesn't have very many people. There are cities that are small, but there are no big cities. The two biggest cities in the Smoky Hills region are Salina, Kansas and Hays, Kansas.

References[change | change source]

  1. "History of Kanopolis Dam". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09.
  2. "Pick Sloan Missouri Basin Program Project". U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. "Ecoregions of Nebraska and Kansas" (PDF). Environmental Protection Agency. 2001. Retrieved 2010-02-19.[permanent dead link]

Other websites[change | change source]

U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Smoky Hills