Wisconsin River

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Wisconsin River
Water code US1580811
location Wisconsin (USA)
River system Mississippi River
Drain over Mississippi River  → Gulf of Mexico
Source lake Lac Vieux Desert
46 ° 7 ′ 15 ″  N , 89 ° 9 ′ 7 ″  W.
Source height 513  m
muzzle at Prairie du Chien in the Mississippi River Coordinates: 42 ° 59 ′ 22 "  N , 91 ° 9 ′ 14"  W 42 ° 59 ′ 22 "  N , 91 ° 9 ′ 14"  W
Mouth height 187  m
Height difference 326 m
Bottom slope 0.47 ‰
length 692 km
Catchment area 31,805 km²
Outflow at the level at the mouth MQ
340 m³ / s
Right tributaries Lemonweir River , Baraboo River , Yellow River , Kickapoo River
Reservoirs flowed through Lake Wausau , Lake du Bay , Petenwell Lake , Castle Rock Lake , Lake Wisconsin
Medium-sized cities Wausau , Wisconsin Rapids , Stevens Point , Portage
Communities Prairie du sac
Wisconsin River basin

Wisconsin River basin

The Wisconsin River is a 692 km long left tributary of the Mississippi River in the US state of Wisconsin .

Its course is divided into three areas, the Upper Wisconsin from its origin, the Lac Vieux Desert in northeast Wisconsin to Plover , the Middle Wisconsin from Plover to the Wisconsin Dells and the Lower Wisconsin from the Wisconsin Dells to its confluence with the Mississippi , about 16 km south of Prairie du Chien . Its major tributaries are the Tomahawk River , Big Rib River , Eau Claire River , Big Eau Pleine River , Yellow River , Lemonweir River , Baraboo River , Pine River, and Kickapoo River . Larger places along the river are (based on origin) Eagle River , Rhinelander , Tomahawk , Merrill , Wausau , Mosinee , Stevens Point , Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin Dells, Portage , Sauk City and Prairie du Sac . Due to the relatively large difference in altitude between its origin and its mouth (325 m), the Wisconsin is dammed in many places and used to generate electricity. There are a total of 26 hydropower plants on the river.

At Portage, the Wisconsin River is only two miles from the Fox River . The connection of these rivers created an important route between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi for Indians and French explorers . Due to ideal conditions, the Wisconsin near Sauk City and Prairie du Sac is a well-known wintering area for bald eagles .

Web links

Commons : Wisconsin River  - Album containing pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Wisconsin River in the Geographic Names Information System of the United States Geological Survey