Namekagon River

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The Namekagon River[1][2][3][4][5] (pronounced NAM-uh-KAH-gun) is a tributary of the St. Croix River. It is 101 miles (163 km) long[6] and is located in northwestern Wisconsin in the United States. Its course is protected as part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.[5]

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the river's name has also been spelled Namakagon, Namekagan, and Namekagun; the United States Board on Geographic Names issued a decision setting "Namekagon" as the river's spelling in 1933.[1] Its name is derived from the Ojibwe language Namekaagong-ziibi, meaning "river at the place abundant with sturgeons."


The Namekagon River issues from Lake Namakagon in southeastern Bayfield County and flows southwestwardly through Sawyer and Washburn counties, past Hayward, and northwestwardly into Burnett County, where it joins the St. Croix, 45 miles (72 km) south of the city of Superior. Near its mouth it collects the Totagatic River.[7]

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Namekagon River
  2. ^ "Namekagon River". Columbia Gazetteer of North America. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  3. ^ Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Watershed - Upper Namekagon River". Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  4. ^ Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Watershed - Lower Namekagon River". Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  5. ^ a b "St. Croix River, Minnesota, Wisconsin". National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. the Namekagon River from Lake Namekagon downstream to its confluence with the St. Croix River 
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed October 5, 2012
  7. ^ The National Map viewer, accessed August 11, 2015.

Coordinates: 46°05′16″N 92°10′51″W / 46.08772°N 92.18075°W / 46.08772; -92.18075