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Encyclopedia > Yahara River

The Yahara River is a tributary of the Rock River, about 45 mi (70 km) long, in southern Wisconsin in the United States. Via the Rock River, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. The Yahara links the lakes upon which the city of Madison was built. A tributary (or affluent or confluent) is a contributory stream, a river that does not reach the sea, but joins another major river (a parent river), to which it contributes its waters, swelling its discharge. ... The Rock River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 285 miles (459 km) long, in the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Illinois. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 420 km 500 km 17 42°30N to 47°3N 86°49W to 92°54W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... A watershed is a region of land where water drains downhill into a specified body of water, such as a river, lake, sea, ocean or wetland. ... This article is about the river in the United States. ... Wisconsin State Capitol Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, a state in the United States of America. ...

The river rises in northern Dane County and initially flows southwardly past DeForest and Windsor into Lake Mendota in Madison, below which it turns southeastward and flows through Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa and passes the communities of Monona, McFarland and Stoughton. It joins the Rock River in northern Rock County, 9 mi (14.5 km) north of Janesville. Dane County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin. ... De Forest is a village located in Dane County, Wisconsin. ... Windsor is an unincorporated area located in Dane County, Wisconsin. ... Lake Mendota is the northernmost and largest of the four lakes in Madison, Wisconsin. ... Lake Monona is a lake surrounded on three sides by the city of Madison, Wisconsin and on the south side by the city of Monona, Wisconsin. ... Monona is a city located in Dane County, Wisconsin. ... McFarland is a village located in Dane County, Wisconsin. ... Stoughton is a city located in Dane County, Wisconsin, along the Yahara River. ... Rock County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin. ... Photo of downtown Janesville looking south on Main Street Janesville is a city located in Rock County, Wisconsin. ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names settled on "Yahara River" as the stream's name in 1903. According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as "Catfish River," "Gahara River," and "Myan-mek." The United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is a US Federal body whose purpose is to establish and maintain uniform usage of geographic names throughout the Federal Government. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ...

See also

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...


  • Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry
  • DeLorme (1992). Wisconsin Atlas & Gazetteer. Freeport, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-247-1.
  • GNIS entry



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