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Encyclopedia > Fox River (Illinois River tributary)
Fox River and its watershed
This article is about a tributary, beginning in far southeastern Wisconsin, of the Illinois River. For the unrelated Lake Michigan tributary Fox River in central and eastern Wisconsin, see Fox River (Wisconsin).

The Fox River is a tributary of the Illinois River in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois in the United States. There are two other "Fox Rivers" in Southern Illinois: the Fox River (Little Wabash tributary) and a smaller "Fox River" that joins the Wabash River near New Harmony, Indiana. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Fox Valley The Fox Valley is a region within Illinois and Wisconsin that borders Chicagoland. ... The Fox River is a river in Wisconsin in the United States. ... This article is about the river in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Little Egypt can mean: Little Egypt, a belly dancer. ... The Wabash River at Lafayette, Indiana, showing the Main Street bridge, and the Amtrak station. ... New Harmony is a town located in Posey County, Indiana, 15 miles (24 km) north of Mount Vernon, Indiana, the county seat, on the Wabash River. ...

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The Fox River in Wisconsin

The Fox River starts near Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and flows past Waukesha, Big Bend, Waterford, Rochester, Burlington, Wheatland, Silver Lake and Wilmot, for a total of 70 miles (110 km) in Wisconsin. Menomonee Falls is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. ... Waukesha is a city located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. ... Big Bend is a village located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. ... Wheatland is a town located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,292. ... Silver Lake is a village located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. ... Wilmot is a small unincorporated community in the Town of Salem in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. ...


A major dam in Waterford forms a 1200 acre navigable waterway which is one of the busiest in SE Wisconsin. The river is generally navigible from the Iron Bridge in Tichigan (just south of Big Bend), down to the dam. The river connects several small lakes in this section, and one large lake, Tichigan Lake. This entire area including connected lakes and the Fox are often referred to as Tichigan Lake. Big Bend is a village located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. ...


At the southern end of this section, Foxwood Isle separates the main dam to its West, and a spillway to the East. A single lane covered bridge, scheduled to be demolished in late 2006 and replaced by a two lane stone bridge, crosses the Fox at this point.


A small dam is present just a few miles South in downtown Rochester. The river then flows unobstructed through Burlington, where it joins the White River, and on to Wilmot. This is a popular and picturesque day-canoe trip never straying far from the road, but often just out of sight of it. Wilmot is a small unincorporated community in the Town of Salem in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. ...


Flooding is common on this section of the river, especially near Wheatland to the border.


The Fox River in Illinois

The Fox River near South Elgin, Illinois
The Fox River near South Elgin, Illinois

The river enters Illinois and flows generally southward for 115 miles (185 km), until it joins the Illinois River at Ottawa. Illinois towns that are on the Fox River include (from north to south): Johnsburg, McHenry, Holiday Hills, Island Lake, Cary, Fox River Grove, Algonquin, Carpentersville, West Dundee, East Dundee, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, Aurora, Montgomery, Oswego, Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, and Sheridan. Collectively, the area surrounding the Fox River is known as the Fox Valley. Around 1 million people live in this area. South Elgin is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. ... Ottawa is a city in north-central Illinois. ... Johnsburg is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... McHenry is a city in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. ... Holiday Hills is a village located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... Island Lake is a village located in Lake and McHenry County. ... Cary is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. ... Fox River Grove is a village located in Lake County and McHenry County, Illinois. ... The Historic Algonquin Village Hall, the hallmark symbol of the village and the centerpiece of its downtown Algonquin is a village located in both Kane and McHenry County, Illinois. ... View of Carpentersville from the cemetery, 1898 Carpentersville is a village in Kane County, Illinois, USA. The population was 30,586 at the 2000 census. ... West Dundee is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... East Dundee is a village located in Kane County and a small section in Cook County, Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1854. ... South Elgin is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. ... St. ... Incorporated City in 1887. ... Batavia is a city in Kane County, Illinois. ... North Aurora is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Nickname: City of Lights Location in Chicagoland Country United States State Illinois Counties Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Mayor Tom Weisner (D) Area    - City 102. ... Montgomery is a village located in Kane and Kendall County, Illinois. ... Oswego is a village located in Kendall County, Illinois. ... Yorkville is a city located in Kendall County, Illinois. ... Plano is a city located in Kendall County, Illinois. ... Sandwich is a city located in DeKalb County, Illinois, La Salle County, Illinois and Kendall County, Illinois. ... Somonauk is a village located in DeKalb County, Illinois and La Salle County, Illinois. ... Sheridan is a village located in La Salle County, Illinois. ... Fox Valley The Fox Valley is a region within Illinois and Wisconsin that borders Chicagoland. ...


Native American tribes that lived near the Fox River included the Potawatomi, Sac, and Fox tribes. Native Americans are the indigenous peoples within the territory that is now encompassed by the continental United States, including parts of Alaska down to their descendants in modern times. ... Rain dance, Kansas, c. ... SAC can mean: S-Allyl cysteine, a chemical constituent of garlic SAC Capital Partners, a hedge fund managed by Steven A. Cohen SAC programming language St. ... The Fox tribe of Native Americans are an Algonquian language-speaking group that are now merged with the allied Sac tribe as the Sac and Fox Nation. ...


The Fox River has 15 dams, including McHenry Dam, which raises the river slightly to maintain depth in the Fox Chain O'Lakes in northern Illinois. The McHenry Dam is the only dam on the Fox River (Illinois, USA) that is serviced by a lock system. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion because: just link If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ...


Early in the history of the State of Illinois, the Fox River provided water for the Illinois and Michigan Canal via a feeder canal, allowing the canal to pass over the Fox River on an aqueduct. The location and course of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. ...


See also

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Illinois: Apple River Big Muddy River Bonpas Creek Chicago River Des Plaines River DuPage River Edwards River Embarras River Fox River Green River Henderson Creek Illinois River Iroquois River Kankakee River Kaskaskia River Kishwaukee River La Moine River... This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Wisconsin Bad River Bark River Black River, tributary of the Mississippi, flowing through Taylor, Clark, Jackson, and Lacrosse counties Black River, tributary of Lake Superior in Douglas county Black River, tributary of Lake Michigan, Sheboygan county Black River...

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McHenry County, Illinois
(County Seat: Woodstock)
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< 5,000 residents Barrington Hills, Bull Valley, Fox Lake, Greenwood, Hebron, Holiday Hills, Lakemoor, Lakewood, McCullom Lake, Oakwood Hills, Pistakee Highlands (CDP), Port Barrington, Prairie Grove, Richmond, Ringwood, Trout Valley, Union, Wonder Lake
5,000 - 10,000 Fox River Grove, Harvard, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Marengo, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake (CDP)
10,000 - 20,000 Cary, Huntley
20,000 - 30,000 Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Woodstock
> 30,000 residents Crystal Lake
Points of Interest Chain O'Lakes State Park, Fox River, Illinois Railway Museum, Lake in the Hills Airport, Moraine Hills State Park, McHenry County College, McHenry Dam, Old McHenry County Courthouse, Union Pacific/Northwest Line, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock Square Historic District
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Topics History | Government | Economy | Culture
Capital Springfield
Regions American Bottom | Central Illinois | Champaign-Urbana | Chicagoland | Coulee Region | Forgottonia | Fox Valley | Little Egypt | Metro-East | Northern Illinois | Northwestern Illinois | Quad Cities | River Bend | Wabash Valley
Major cities Alton | Aurora | Batavia | Belleville | Berwyn | Bloomington | Burbank | Calumet City | Champaign | Chicago | Chicago Heights | Crystal Lake | Danville | Decatur | DeKalb | Des Plaines | East St. Louis | Elgin | Elmhurst | Evanston | Freeport | Galesburg | Granite City | Harvey | Highland Park | Joliet | Kankakee | Moline | Naperville | North Chicago | Park Ridge | Peoria | Pekin | Quincy | Rockford | Rock Island | Springfield | St. Charles | Urbana | Waukegan | Wheaton
Major towns and villages Addison | Algonquin | Arlington Heights | Bartlett | Bolingbrook | Buffalo Grove | Carol Stream | Carpentersville | Cicero | Dolton | Downers Grove | Elk Grove Village | Glendale Heights | Glen Ellyn | Glenview | Gurnee | Hanover Park | Hoffman Estates | Lake in the Hills | Lansing | Lombard | Maywood | Mount Prospect | Mundelein | Niles | Normal | Northbrook | Oak Forest | Oak Lawn | Oak Park | Orland Park | Palatine | Plainfield | Romeoville | Round Lake Beach | Schaumburg | Skokie | Streamwood | Tinley Park | Wheeling | Wilmette | Woodridge
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