The Shade River is a tributary of the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio in the United States. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 221 square miles (570 km2) on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau. The Shade River is 17.4 miles (28.0 km) long, or 38.2 miles (61.5 km) including its west branch.
The East Branch of the Shade River in Chester Township in 2006
Map of the Shade River and its watershed
|Source||West Branch Shade River|
|⁃ location||Scipio Township, Meigs County|
|⁃ length||20.8 mi (33.5 km)|
|⁃ elevation||853 ft (260 m)|
|2nd source||Middle Branch Shade River|
|⁃ location||Athens Township, Athens County|
|⁃ length||28.5 mi (45.9 km)|
|⁃ elevation||950 ft (290 m)|
|⁃ location||Chester Township, Meigs County|
|⁃ elevation||574 ft (175 m)|
|Olive Township, Meigs County|
|561 ft (171 m)|
|Length||17.4 mi (28.0 km)|
|Basin size||221 sq mi (570 km2)|
|⁃ location||near Chester|
|⁃ average||174 cu ft/s (4.9 m3/s)|
|⁃ minimum||0.00 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)|
|⁃ maximum||15,600 cu ft/s (440 m3/s)|
|⁃ left||East Branch Shade River|
The Shade River flows predominantly as three streams, its east, middle, and west branches. It is formed by the confluence of its middle and west branches, and collects its east branch shortly thereafter:
- The West Branch Shade River rises in Scipio Township in Meigs County, at an elevation of 853 feet (260 m), and flows east-southeastwardly through Bedford and Chester Townships. The West Branch is 20.8 miles (33.5 km) long and drains an area of 71.3 square miles (185 km2).
- The Middle Branch Shade River rises southeast of the city of Athens in Athens Township in Athens County, at an elevation of 950 feet (290 m), and flows southeastwardly through Alexander, Lodi, and Carthage Townships in Athens County; and Bedford, Orange, and Chester Townships in Meigs County. The Middle Branch is 28.5 miles (45.9 km) long and drains an area of 57.6 square miles (149 km2).
- The East Branch Shade River rises in Lodi Township in Athens County, at an elevation of 916 feet (279 m), and flows south-southeastwardly through Carthage Township in Athens County, and Orange and Chester Townships in Meigs County. The East Branch is 21.9 miles (35.2 km) long and drains an area of 54.9 square miles (142 km2).
From the confluence of the middle and west branches in Chester Township, the Shade River flows generally eastwardly, past the community of Chester. It collects its east branch from the north at the community of Keno, and enters the Ohio River in Olive Township, approximately one mile (2 km) south of the community of Long Bottom.
At the United States Geological Survey's stream gauge downstream of Chester, the annual mean flow of the river between 1965 and 2012 was 174 cubic feet per second (5 cubic meters per second). The highest recorded flow during the period was 15,600 cfs (442 m³/s) on March 2, 1997. The lowest recorded flow was 0.00 cfs (0 m³/s) on September 5, 2007.
- Google Earth elevation for GNIS source coordinates
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for West Branch Shade River (Feature ID #1067045)". Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Middle Branch Shade River (Feature ID #1075196)". Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- Google Earth elevation for GNIS mouth coordinates
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Shade River (Feature ID #1066950)". Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources (August 2001). "Gazetteer of Ohio Streams" (PDF). p. 65. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
- "Water-Data Report 2012, 03159540 Shade River near Chester, OH" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- DeLorme Mapping Company (1991). Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0-89933-233-1.
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for East Branch Shade River (Feature ID #1075763)". Retrieved 2007-05-20.