The Dan River flows 214 miles (344 km) in the U.S. states of North Carolina and Virginia. It rises in Patrick County, Virginia, and crosses the state border into Stokes County, North Carolina. It then flows into Rockingham County. From there it goes back into Virginia. It reenters North Carolina near the border between Caswell County and Rockingham County. It flows into northern Caswell County and then back into southern Virginia and finally into Kerr Reservoir on the Roanoke River.
Tributary to Roanoke River
View of the Dan River, Danville, Virginia
|Counties (North Carolina)||Caswell|
|Source||divide between Dan River, Smith River and New River|
|⁃ location||about 2 miles northeast of Rock Castle Gap|
|⁃ elevation||3,170 ft (970 m)|
|Mouth||John H. Kerr Reservoir (Roanoke River)|
|Stanton River State Park|
|300 ft (91 m)|
|Length||214 mi (344 km)|
|Basin size||3,300 square miles (8,500 km2)|
|⁃ location||Stanton River State Park (John H. Kerr Reservoir)|
|⁃ average||4,136.06 cu ft/s (117.120 m3/s) at John H. Kerr Reservoir|
|River system||Roanoke River|
|⁃ left||Ivy Creek|
Little Dan River
Seven Island Creek
Beaver Island Creek
Mineral Springs Branch
Toby Creek,br />Little Toby Creek
|⁃ right||Quaker Field Branch|
Town Fork Creek
White Oak Creek
Wolf Island Creek
Little Rattlesnake Creek
Country Line Creek
John H. Kerr Reservoir
The name of the river was first recorded by William Byrd II in 1728, during an expedition to survey the Virginia border, though Byrd did not explain the reason for the name. A variant name is "South Branch Roanoke River".
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