Minnehaha Creek as it flows over Minnehaha Falls, shown in all four seasons.
|Native name||Wakpa Cistinna|
|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|
Minnehaha Creek is a 22 mile-long (35 km) tributary of the Mississippi River that flows west from Gray's Bay Dam on Lake Minnetonka through the suburban cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins, Saint Louis Park, and Edina, and the city of Minneapolis. The creek flows over Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Park near its mouth at the Mississippi River.
As with much of the Midwest, the area around the creek and Lake Minnetonka was originally inhabited by a native culture affiliated with the Mound Builders, but by the 1700s was occupied by the Mdewakanton People, a sub-tribe of the Dakota. The first Euro-Americans whose expedition to the area was documented were Joe Brown and Will Snelling, who canoed up the creek from Fort Snelling.
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