Elkhart River

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Elkhart River
Origin Confluence of the North and South Branches of Elkhart River west of Wawaka, Indiana
41°27′37″N 85°31′51″W / 41.4602778°N 85.5308333°W / 41.4602778; -85.5308333 (Elkhart River origin)
Mouth Confluence with the St. Joseph River at Elkhart, Indiana
41°41′30″N 85°58′20″W / 41.6916667°N 85.9722222°W / 41.6916667; -85.9722222 (Elkhart River mouth)Coordinates: 41°41′30″N 85°58′20″W / 41.6916667°N 85.9722222°W / 41.6916667; -85.9722222 (Elkhart River mouth)
Progression Elkhart River → St. Joseph River → Lake Michigan → Great Lakes → St. Lawrence River → Gulf of St. Lawrence
Length 48 mi (77 km)
Source elevation 872 ft (266 m)
Mouth elevation 722 ft (220 m)
GNIS ID 434081

The Elkhart River is a 48.3-mile-long (77.7 km)[1] tributary of the St. Joseph River in northern Indiana in the United States.[2] It is almost entirely contained in Elkhart County. It begins as the South Branch Elkhart River from Port Mitchell Lake and the North Branch Elkhart River from Waldron Lake and merge to form the Elkhart River west of Wakaka, Indiana. It flows generally westward through Benton and then turns northward. It then flows through Bainter Town and Waterford Mills into the Goshen Dam Pond. From there it flows northeast through Goshen, Dunlap and Elkhart. It flows into the St. Joseph River at Island Park just north of downtown Elkhart.[3]

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  1. ^ 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: Elkhart River
  3. ^ "Elkhart River". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 24 January 2010.

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