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NORTH BOSQUE RIVER. The North Bosque River, the ninety-seven-mile main branch of the Bosque, rises at the conjunction of two branches north of Stephenville in central Erath County (at 32°14' N, 98°13' W). The South Fork North Bosque River rises near Lingleville in north central Erath County (at 32°19' N, 98°22' W) and flows for fourteen miles to its confluence with the North Fork North Bosque River, which rises near Huckabay in north central Erath County (at 32°19' N, 98°13' W) and flows for eleven miles. The North Bosque River then flows south, cutting across the extreme northeastern corner of Hamilton County and continuing into northern Bosque County, where it is joined by the East Bosque River south of Walnut Springs. From that point the North Bosque continues its southeasterly course across central Bosque County and into central McLennan County, where it is joined by the Middle and South Bosque rivers as it flows into Lake Waco on the northwest edge of Waco (at 31°34' N, 97°12' W). Along its course, the river flows past Clairette, Hico, Iredell, Meridian, Clifton, and Valley Mills. Its principal tributaries include Live Oak, Duffau, Honey, Meridian, Neils, Spring, Sims, and Green creeks, several of which have been dammed. The river flows through flat terrain with local shallow depressions surfaced by clay and sandy loam that supports water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.


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"NORTH BOSQUE RIVER," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.