Platte River (Minnesota)

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This article is about the Platte River in Minnesota. For the larger river in Nebraska and other meanings, see Platte River (disambiguation).

The Platte River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in central Minnesota in the United States. It is 55.1 miles (88.6 km) long.[1] Platte is a name derived from the French meaning "flat".[2]


The Platte flows from Platte Lake in southeastern Crow Wing County and follows a generally southwestward course through eastern Morrison County, through the towns of Harding and Royalton. It flows into the Mississippi River in Benton County, about 3 miles (5 km) south of Royalton.

The Platte's largest tributary is the Skunk River, which joins it in Morrison County.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed November 29, 2012
  2. ^ Warren Upham (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 159. 
  • Waters, Thomas F. (1977). The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-0960-8.