Middle River (Minnesota)

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The Middle River is a tributary of the Snake River in northwestern Minnesota in the United States. It flows for its entire length in Marshall County.[1]

Middle River was so named from its location at the midpoint of the Pembina Trail.[2]


The Middle River is 96 miles (154 km) long[3] and drains an area of 324 square miles (840 km2). It rises near the town of Middle River and flows generally westwardly past the towns of Newfolden and Argyle. At Old Mill State Park the river crosses an old beach of glacial Lake Agassiz. Much of the Middle River's lower course through the Red River Valley has been straightened and channelized; for approximately its final 10 miles (16 km), the Middle has been routed to flow due west in a straight line. It joins the Snake River not far upstream of that river's confluence with the Red River of the North.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middle River (Minnesota)
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 331. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed June 8, 2011
  • Waters, Thomas F. (1977). The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-0960-8.

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Coordinates: 48°22′17″N 97°04′47″W / 48.37139°N 97.07972°W / 48.37139; -97.07972