North Branch Kishwaukee River
|North Branch Kishwaukee River|
|Main source||McHenry County northeast of Harvard, Illinois
966 ft (294 m)
|River mouth||Confluence with the Kishwaukee east of Marengo, Illinois
810 ft (250 m)
|Length||17 mi (27 km)|
|Progression||North Branch Kishwaukee River → Kishwaukee → Rock → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico|
The North Branch Kishwaukee River northeast of Harvard, Illinois and flows south through McHenry County. to join the Kishwaukee River east of Marengo. It drains approximately 40 square miles (100 km2) of land area, flowing for 17 miles.
The North Branch Kishwaukee River flows in an east-west direction from its point of origin and has a generally unimpeded flow, save a dam at Belvidere, Illinois. The North Branch has an average width of 50 feet (15 m), but in Boone County the stream becomes both wider and deeper. Nearer its point of origin the North Branch has a substrate of gravel, the substrate becomes sand and silt going further downstream.
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 19, 2011
- James, L. Allan. Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts, (Google Books link), Geological Society of America, 2009, pp. 110-111, (ISBN 0813724511), (ISBN 9780813724515).
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Branch Kishwaukee River
- Kishwaukee River Area Assessment, Volume 2: Water Resources, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Scientific Research and Analysis, 1998, p. 1, accessed January 22, 2011.
- Kishwaukee River Basin: An Inventory of the Regions Resources, Regional Watershed Assessment, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, p. 2.
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