Little Wabash River

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Little Wabash River
Map of the Little Wabash River highlighted within the Wabash River watershed
Origin Coles County west of Mattoon, Illinois
39°28′31″N 88°27′30″W / 39.4753117°N 88.458384°W / 39.4753117; -88.458384 (Little Wabash River origin)
Mouth Confluence with the Wabash River near New Haven, Illinois
37°53′27″N 88°05′40″W / 37.8908788°N 88.0944784°W / 37.8908788; -88.0944784 (Little Wabash River mouth)
Progression Little Wabash → Wabash → Ohio → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Length 242 mi (389 km)
Mouth elevation 341 ft (104 m)
GNIS ID 412430
West Branch Little Wabash River
Origin Shelby County southeast of Windsor
39°25′08″N 88°32′46″W / 39.4189247°N 88.5461654°W / 39.4189247; -88.5461654 (West Branch Little Wabash River origin)
Mouth Confluence with the Little Wabash River, Shelby County, Illinois
39°17′47″N 88°32′51″W / 39.2964274°N 88.547552°W / 39.2964274; -88.547552 (West Branch Little Wabash River mouth)
Progression West Branch → Little Wabash → Wabash → Ohio → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Mouth elevation 568 ft (173 m)
GNIS ID 420792
Note: The Little River of northeastern Indiana is also sometimes known as the Little Wabash River.

The Little Wabash River is a 240-mile-long (390 km)[1][2] tributary of the Wabash River in east-central and southeastern Illinois in the United States. Via the Wabash and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.


The Little Wabash rises in Coles County near Mattoon and flows generally southwardly through Shelby, Effingham, Clay, Richland, Wayne, Edwards and White counties, past the towns of Louisville, Golden Gate, Carmi and New Haven. It enters the Wabash River on the common boundary of White and Gallatin counties, about 4 miles (6 km) southeast of New Haven.

In its upper course in Shelby County, the river is dammed to form Lake Mattoon and collects the short West Branch Little Wabash River, which flows for its entire length in Shelby County. Other tributaries include the Fox River, which joins it in Edwards County; the Elm River, which joins it in Wayne County; and the Skillet Fork, which joins it in White County.

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