Medicine Lodge
River, Kansas

The Medicine Lodge River is a tributary of the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River, 101 mi (163 km) long, in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma in the United States. Via the Salt Fork and Arkansas Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.


The river rises in Kiowa County, Kansas and flows generally southeastwardly through Barber County in Kansas and Alfalfa County in Oklahoma, past the Kansas towns of Belvidere, Sun City and Medicine Lodge. It joins the Salt Fork of the Arkansas in Oklahoma, about 5 mi (8 km) north-northeast of Cherokee.

The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "Medicine Lodge River" as the stream's name in 1968. According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as "A-ya-dalda-pa River," "Medicine Lodge Creek" and "Medicine River."

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