Minnehaha Creek as it flows over Minnehaha Falls, shown in all four seasons.
|Native name||Wakpa Cistinna|
|Etymology||waterfall or rapid water, referring to this creek's journey over Minnehaha Falls|
|Region||Minneapolis, Edina, Hopkins, and Minnetonka|
|Main source||Lake Minnetonka
686 feet (209 m)
|River mouth||Mississippi River
|Length||22 miles (35 km)|
|River system||Mississippi River|
|Basin size||181 square miles (470 km2)|
Minnehaha Creek is a 22-mile-long (35 km) tributary of the Mississippi River that flows east from Gray's Bay Dam on Lake Minnetonka through the suburban cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins, Saint Louis Park, and Edina, and the city of Minneapolis. The creek flows over Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Park near its mouth at the Mississippi River.
As with much of the Midwest, the area around the creek and Lake Minnetonka was originally inhabited by a native culture affiliated with the Mound Builders, but by the 1700s was occupied by the Mdewakanton People, a sub-tribe of the Dakota. The first Euro-Americans whose expedition to the area was documented were Joe Brown and Will Snelling, who canoed up the creek from Fort Snelling.
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