List of rivers of Minnesota

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Watersheds[1] of Minnesota

Minnesota has 6,564 natural rivers and streams that cumulatively flow for 69,000 miles (111,000 km). The Mississippi River begins its journey from its headwaters at Lake Itasca and crosses the Iowa border 680 mi (1,094 km) downstream. It is joined by the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling, by the St. Croix River near Hastings, by the Chippewa River at Wabasha, and by many smaller streams. The Red River, in the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz, drains the northwest part of the state northward toward Canada's Hudson Bay.[2]


By drainage basin (watershed)[edit]

This list is arranged by drainage basin with respective tributaries indented under each larger stream's name.[1][3] The rivers and streams that flow through other states or Minnesota and other states are indicated, as well as the length of major rivers.[4]

Great Lakes drainage basin[edit]

Lake Superior drainage basin[edit]

Lake Superior drainage basin

Mississippi River drainage basin[edit]

Mississippi River drainage basin

The Mississippi River is the longest river flowing through Minnesota. It originates in Lake Itasca and flows through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Upper Mississippi River (below St. Anthony Falls) drainage basin[edit]

St. Croix River drainage basin[edit]

St. Croix River drainage basin

Minnesota River drainage basin[edit]

Minnesota River drainage basin

The Minnesota River is the longest river that is entirely within Minnesota.

Upper Mississippi River, Headwaters region (above St. Anthony Falls) drainage basin[edit]

Hudson Bay drainage basin[edit]

Hudson Bay drainage basin

The Red River of the North is the second longest river flowing through Minnesota. It forms the border with North Dakota and flows north to Manitoba, Canada.

Red River of the North drainage basin[edit]

Red River of the North drainage basin

Lake of the Woods drainage basin[edit]

Alphabetically[edit]

Below is a list of 495 of the 6,564 rivers in Minnesota in alphabetical order. Sections of rivers marked with an * have been designated trout streams by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.[28][29]

Alphabetical list of rivers
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A–C

Alphabetical list of rivers
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

D–H

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

I–L

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

M–O

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

P–R

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

S

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

T–Z

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Note: In North America, the term watershed is commonly used to mean a drainage basin, though in other English-speaking countries, it is used only in its original sense, that of a drainage divide.
  2. ^ "Lakes, rivers & wetlands". MN Facts. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2003. Retrieved September 16, 2006.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Watersheds". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  4. ^ "GEONAMES search". USGS.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Swamp River
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Royal River
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Brule River
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Branch Cascade River
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Onion River
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Branch Manitou River
  11. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Branch Baptism River
  12. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Baptism River
  13. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Branch Beaver River
  14. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Beaver River
  15. ^ a b "Landowner puts acres in Trust". Duluth News Tribune. August 19, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  16. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Knife River
  17. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beaver Creek
  18. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Fork Des Moines River
  19. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Run
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h "Map1" (PDF). MN DNR. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Map5" (PDF). MN DNR. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  22. ^ "Map2" (PDF). MN DNR. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  23. ^ a b "Map6" (PDF). MN DNR. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  24. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Fork Crow River
  25. ^ "Vermilion River State Water Trail Map" (PDF). MN DNR. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  26. ^ "Longest Rivers in Minnesota". Minnesota Fun Facts. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  27. ^ "Minnesota Rivers". National Park Service. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  28. ^ "Trout Angling Opportunities Map for Northeast Minnesota". Minnesota DNR. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  29. ^ "Trout Angling Opportunities Map for Southern Minnesota". MN DNR. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  30. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Trout Creek
  31. ^ "Greenwood River". DNR. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  32. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Trout Valley
  33. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Spring Valley Creeek
  34. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Brook (Anoka)
  35. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Brook (Pine)
  36. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Brook (Ramsey)
  37. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Brook (Wabasha)
  38. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Brook (Wabasha)
  39. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Brook (Washington
  40. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Creek Todd County
  41. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Creek (Itasca)
  42. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Creek (Winona County)
  43. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Trout Run (Winona County near Elba

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