Minnehaha Creek

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Minnehaha Creek
Minnehaha Creek in southeast Minneapolis.jpg
Pedestrian bridge over the creek in spring 2014
Native name Wakpa Cistinna

Lake Minnetonka

44°57′16″N 93°29′10″W / 44.9544078°N 93.4860652°W / 44.9544078; -93.4860652

Missouri River

44°54′32″N 93°12′02″W / 44.9088543°N 93.2004996°W / 44.9088543; -93.2004996Coordinates: 44°54′32″N 93°12′02″W / 44.9088543°N 93.2004996°W / 44.9088543; -93.2004996
Basin countries United States of America
Location Minneapolis, Edina, Hopkins, and Minnetonka, Minnesota
Etymology waterfall or rapid water, referring to this creek's journey over Minnehaha Falls
Length 22 miles (35 km)
Source elevation 686 feet (209 m)
Basin area 181 square miles (470 km2)
River system Mississippi River
Right tributaries brief stream originating at Lake Pamela
GNIS 647923

Minnehaha Creek extends from Lake Minnetonka in the west and flows east for 22 miles (35 km) through several suburbs west of Minneapolis and then through south Minneapolis.

Including Lake Minnetonka, the watershed for the creek covers 181 square miles (470 km2).[citation needed] The creek continues over the Minnehaha Falls toward the Mississippi River.

For more details on the etymology of the word minnehaha, see Minnehaha.

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