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Encyclopedia > Minnesota River
The Mendota Bridge crossing the Minnesota River, just above its mouth
The Mendota Bridge crossing the Minnesota River, just above its mouth
View of the Minnesota River from Memorial Park; southeast of Granite Falls, MN.

The Minnesota River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 332 miles (534 km) long, in the state of Minnesota in the United States. It drains a watershed of nearly 17,000 square miles (44,000 km²), 14,751 square miles (38,205 km²) in Minnesota and about 2,000 sq mi (5180 km²) in South Dakota and Iowa. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 466 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 583 pixel, file size: 123 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Minneapolis-Saint Paul Minnesota River Minnesota... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 466 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 583 pixel, file size: 123 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Minneapolis-Saint Paul Minnesota River Minnesota... The Mendota Bridge carries Minnesota State Highway 55 over the Minnesota River between Fort Snelling and Mendota. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 405 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo by Darrick Anderson Minnesota River at memorial park; southeast of Granite Falls, Minnesota. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 405 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo by Darrick Anderson Minnesota River at memorial park; southeast of Granite Falls, Minnesota. ... Granite Falls is a city located Yellow Medicine and Chippewa Counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Look up tributary in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (blue outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (green lines) of a contiguous area. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,116[1] sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ...


It rises in southwestern Minnesota, in Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota-South Dakota border just south of the Laurentian Divide at the Traverse Gap portage. It flows southeast to Mankato, then turns northeast. It joins the Mississippi south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, near the historic Fort Snelling. The valley is one of several distinct regions of Minnesota. Big Stone Lake is a long, narrow freshwater lake and reservoir forming the border between western Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota. ... Continental divides in North America. ... The Traverse Gap is an ancient river channel on the border of the U.S. states of Minnesota and South Dakota between Lake Traverse and Big Stone Lake at Browns Valley, Minnesota. ... “Mankato” redirects here. ... A map of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... “Minneapolis” redirects here. ... State capitol building in Saint Paul Saint Paul is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Minnesota in the United States of America. ... Fort Snelling is a former military fortification located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... The U.S. state of Minnesota can be divided into regions in a variety of ways. ...


Its name comes from the Dakota language mini meaning "water" and sota which is alternately translated "smoky-white" or "like the cloudy sky". Minnesota Territory, and later the state, were named for the river. Lakota (also Lakhota, Teton, Teton Sioux) is the largest of the three languages of the Sioux, of the Siouan family. ... Minnesota Territory was an organized territory of the United States from March 3, 1849 to May 11, 1858, when Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state. ...


The valley that the Minnesota River flows in is up to five miles (8 km) wide and 250 feet (80 m) deep.[1] It was carved into the landscape by the massive glacial River Warren between 11,700 and 9,400 years ago at the end of the last ice age in North America. Glacial River Warren or River Warren is the name of a prehistoric river which drained Lake Agassiz in central North America between 11,700 and 9,400 years ago. ... Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 400 000 years For the animated movie, see Ice Age (movie). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...

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Principal tributaries of the Minnesota River

The course of the Minnesota River, highlighted in red on a map of Minnesota

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 528 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (590 × 670 pixel, file size: 225 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Created myself, Photoshop 7. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 528 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (590 × 670 pixel, file size: 225 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Created myself, Photoshop 7. ... The Blue Earth River is a tributary of the Minnesota River in south-central Minnesota in the United States; it also drains a small portion of northern Iowa. ... The Chippewa River is a tributary of the Minnesota River, about 120 mi (195 km) long, in western and southwestern Minnesota in the United States. ... The Cottonwood River is a tributary of the Minnesota River in southwestern Minnesota. ... This article is about the river in Minnesota. ... The Lac qui Parle River is a tributary of the Minnesota River in southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. ... The Little Cottonwood River is a tributary of the Minnesota River, 83 miles (133 km) long, in southwestern Minnesota in the United States. ... The Little Minnesota River is a tributary of the Minnesota River in northeastern South Dakota and west-central Minnesota in the United States. ... The Pomme de Terre River in Appleton in 2007 The Pomme de Terre River is a tributary of the Minnesota River, 106 miles (170 km) long, in western Minnesota in the United States. ... The Redwood River watershed is one of 13 major watersheds feeding the Minnesota River. ... The Rush River, in the U.S. state of Minnesota, is entirely in Sibley County, although its watershed also includes parts of Nicollet and McLeod counties. ... The Whetstone River near Big Stone City in Grant County, South Dakota The Whetstone River is a short tributary of the Minnesota River in northeastern South Dakota and a very small portion of western Minnesota in the United States. ... The Yellow Bank River in the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in 2007 The Yellow Bank River is a tributary of the Minnesota River, approximately nine miles (14 km) long, in western Minnesota in the United States. ... The Yellow Medicine River is a small tributary of the Minnesota River in southwestern Minnesota. ...

Cities and towns along the Minnesota River

Belle Plaine is a city located in Scott County, Minnesota. ... location in Hennepin County, Minnesota Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin Founded 1843 Incorporated 1858 Mayor Gene Winstead Area    - City 99. ... Burnsville is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Carver is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. ... Chanhassen is a city located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Chaska is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. ... Courtland is a city located in Nicollet County, Minnesota. ... Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota. ... Location in Hennepin County Coordinates: Country United States State Minnesota County Hennepin County founded 1858 incorporated 1960s Government  - Mayor Phil Young Area  - City  35. ... Granite Falls is a city located Yellow Medicine and Chippewa Counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Henderson is a city located in Sibley County, Minnesota. ... Kasota is a city located in Le Sueur County, Minnesota. ... Le Sueur is a city located in Le Sueur County, Minnesota. ... “Mankato” redirects here. ... Mendota is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... For other uses, see Montevideo (disambiguation). ... Morton is a city located in Renville County, Minnesota. ... Parking meter checker stands by his police vehicle which is imprinted with the German word for police (Polizei). ... North Mankato is a city located in Nicollet County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Odessa is a town located in Big Stone County, Minnesota. ... Ortonville is a city located in Minnesota. ... Location in the state of Minnesota. ... City of Savage Logo Savage is a city in Scott County, Minnesota, United States. ... City of Shakopee Logo Shakopee is a city in Scott County, Minnesota, United States. ...

See also

This is a list of rivers in the state of Minnesota in the United States This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... This is a list of road/highway and rail crossings of the Minnesota River from its confluence at the Mississippi River upstream to its source. ...

References

  1. ^ Sansome, Minnesota Underfoot, pp. 118-19.
  • Waters, Thomas F. (1977). The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-0960-8.
  • Place Names: the Minnesota River

External links

  • Drainage Area of the Minnesota River

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