Little Menominee River

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Little Menominee River
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Little Menominee River (USGS)
Physical characteristics
Main source Grant County, northwest of Hazel Green, Wisconsin
943 ft (287 m)
42°33′42″N 90°32′10″W / 42.5616667°N 90.5361111°W / 42.5616667; -90.5361111 (Little Menominee River origin)
River mouth Confluence with the Mississippi west of Galena, Illinois
591 ft (180 m)
42°25′31″N 90°32′04″W / 42.4252778°N 90.5344444°W / 42.4252778; -90.5344444 (Little Menominee River mouth)Coordinates: 42°25′31″N 90°32′04″W / 42.4252778°N 90.5344444°W / 42.4252778; -90.5344444 (Little Menominee River mouth)
Length 14 mi (23 km)
Basin features
Progression Little Menominee River → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
GNIS ID 412371
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The Little Menominee River is a 13.9-mile-long (22.4 km)[1] tributary of the Upper Mississippi River, which it joins in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.[2]

The Little Menominee rises in Grant County, Wisconsin. It flows south, to the east of the Menominee River, into Illinois. It crosses the northwestern corner of Illinois for about six miles before joining the Mississippi at the southern end of East Dubuque. The town of Menominee, Illinois is located on the river.

The name "Menominee" refers to the Menominee, a Native American people. The name means "good seed" or "wild rice".

The river is part of the Driftless Area of Illinois and Wisconsin. This region escaped the glaciation experienced by areas to the east and west during the last ice age.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed May 13, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Menominee River

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