Mazon River

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Mazon River
Main source Greenfield Township, Grundy County, Illinois
41°11′02″N 88°15′13″W / 41.183921°N 88.2536703°W / 41.183921; -88.2536703
River mouth Confluence with the Illinois River, Morris, Illinois
489 ft (149 m)
41°21′09″N 88°25′26″W / 41.3525319°N 88.4239563°W / 41.3525319; -88.4239563Coordinates: 41°21′09″N 88°25′26″W / 41.3525319°N 88.4239563°W / 41.3525319; -88.4239563
Progression Mazon River → Illinois → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Physical characteristics
Length 28 mi (45 km)
GNIS ID 413173

The Mazon River or Mazon Creek, is a tributary of the Illinois River in the United States. The confluence is near Morris, Illinois.[1]

The Mazon River is associated with the Mazon Creek fossils of the Francis Creek Shale, which are also exposed in strip mines and quarries near the River. This fossil bed includes well-preserved fossils from the Pennsylvanian period of the Paleozoic era and is a world-famous Lagerstätten site.

The Mazon River is approximately 28 miles (45 km) in length,[2] with the West Fork considered the main branch.

The river was named in honor of William Mason, a pioneer settler.[3]

Cities and counties[edit]

The following cities, towns and villages are within the Mazon watershed:

The following counties are at least partly drained by the Mazon River:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mazon River
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite‹The template WebCite is being considered for merging.› , accessed May 13, 2011
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 202. 

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