Jordan River is a 60-mile-long [97 km] river in the U.S. state of
Utah. It flows from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake.
It is one of three major tributaries to the
Great Salt Lake, the other two being the Bear River
at the north, and the
at the east.
The Jordan River originates at the north end of the Utah Lake where
a pumping station has been created to regulate its flow.
flows north through Utah and Salt Lake
Counties into the southeast portion of the Great Salt Lake,
just over the border of Davis County.
The river receives the water of several
streams flowing down from the Wasatch
River modifications and ecology
The Jordan River is impounded and diverted in many places. It is
used for irrigation and forms the core of the Utah Oasis.
The river has been used as a dumping site, and continues to receive
. Several superfund site
are located along the river. There
are several ongoing restoration projects.
written reference to the river's existence appears to be a mention
in the report of Jedediah Smith of an
1827 trip to California.
His journal described a June crossing,
mentioning that he was "very much strangled" in the attempt,
probably due to the high flowrates in the spring due to snowmelt
When the Mormon pioneers
1847 to settle the Salt Lake Valley, one of the leaders (Heber C. Kimball)
noted the river's similarity to the Jordan River in the Holy Land - flowing
from a freshwater lake to an inland salt-sea, through fertile
He suggested the river be called the Western
. Later "western" was dropped, leaving the current
The river continues to be a source of unusual findings such as
Jordan River Parkway is an
effort by Salt Lake
County and the local communities to develop a continuous
recreational-use trail along the river from Utah Lake to the Great
Salt Lake, though some sections are not completed.
- Online references give varying lengths, from 40 to 60
- Section 303(d) List Fact Sheet for Watershed
JORDAN, Impaired Waters, EPA
- Water Quality, Jordan River Watershed
- Jordan River Restoration, Salt Lake County Public
- Piranha Seized and Killed. KSL.com
- [http://www.utah.com/stateparks/jordan_river.htm Jordan River
Parkway | Utah.com
- Morgan, Dale L. (1947). The Great Salt Lake. Salt Lake
City: University of Utah Press. ISBN 0-87480-478-7