Embarrass River (Minnesota)

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Embarrass River
Origin Minnesota
Basin countries United States

The Embarrass River is a 50.5-mile-long (81.3 km)[1] tributary of the Saint Louis River in northern Minnesota, United States. It rises just west of the city of Babbitt and flows southwest, turning briefly south to thread a gap between the Embarrass Mountains to the east and the Mesabi Range to the west. The river flows into the Saint Louis River southeast of Eveleth. During the fur-trading days and the era of exploration, the river was part of a historic trade route from Lower Canada via Lake Superior, across the Height of Land, and down the Rainy River to Lake Winnipeg to the pays d'en haut—the fur-bearing regions of the Canadian northwest.[2][3]

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Coordinates: 47°23′32″N 92°24′52″W / 47.3921512°N 92.4143509°W / 47.3921512; -92.4143509[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 7, 2012
  2. ^ Morse, Eric (1979). Fur Trade Routes of Canada. Minoqua, WI: NorthWord Press. pp. 71–75. ISBN 1-55971-045-4. 
  3. ^ Vogel, Robert C.; David G. Stanley (1992). "Portage Trails in Minnesota, 1630s-1870s" (pdf). Multiple Property Documentation Form. US Dept. of the Interior, Nat'l Park Service. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Embarrass River