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Marais des Cygnes River

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Located in the Marais des Cygnes River Drainage Basin, in the East Region of the state. The head waters of this river system are in Wabaunsee County, near Eskridge. The Marais des Cygnes River flows in a SE direction into Melvern Lake in Osage County near the community of Reading and Melvern. Exiting the E edge of Melvern Lake. The stream crosses Interstate Hwy 35 near the town of Ottawa, then turning SE to merge with the Pottawatomie River in Miami County, near the town of Osawatomie. Continuing to join the Little Osage River in Bates County, MO. Below this junction becomes the Little Osage River, which continues E through Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks to its juncture with the Missouri River a short distance below Jefferson City. Major tributary streams include Pottawatomie Creek and the Marmaton River. There were an estimated 125,000 residents in the basin in the year 2000, and the population is projected to grow to nearly 178,000 by the year 2040.

Other lakes on this river are: Pomona Lake -, Hillsdale Lake.