Whitewater River (Great Miami River)

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The Whitewater River is a 101-mile-long (163 km)[1] tributary of the Great Miami River in southeastern Indiana and southwestern Ohio in the United States. It is formed by the confluence of two forks, the West Fork and East Fork.

The West Fork, shown as the main stem of the river on federal maps,[2] rises in Randolph County, Indiana, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Modoc. It flows 69.5 miles (111.8 km)[1] south and southeast, past Hagerstown and Connersville, and joins the East Fork of the river at Brookville, Indiana.

The 56.7-mile-long (91.2 km)[1] East Fork rises in Darke County, Ohio, approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of New Paris. It flows south, through Richmond, Indiana, and joins the West Fork of the river at Brookville, Indiana.

Following continual flooding problems on the East Fork, and to help control flooding in the Ohio River, the East Fork was dammed by the US Army Corps of Engineers to create Brookville Lake in 1968. Brookville Lake extends 17 miles (27 km) from just south of Liberty, Indiana, to Brookville.

The region surrounding the Whitewater River is known as the Whitewater Valley.

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 19, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whitewater River

Coordinates: 39°6′34″N 84°48′57″W / 39.10944°N 84.81583°W / 39.10944; -84.81583