Turkey River (Iowa)

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Turkey River
Elkader Keystone Bridge.jpg
Keystone Bridge in Elkader
Country US
State Iowa
Districts Clayton County, Iowa, Fayette County, Iowa, Winneshiek County, Iowa, Howard County, Iowa
 - left Roberts Creek
 - right Volga River, Little Turkey River
 - coordinates 43°20′31″N 92°18′40″W / 43.342°N 92.311°W / 43.342; -92.311
Mouth Mississippi River
 - elevation 610 ft (186 m)
 - coordinates 42°43′01″N 91°00′43″W / 42.717°N 91.012°W / 42.717; -91.012Coordinates: 42°43′01″N 91°00′43″W / 42.717°N 91.012°W / 42.717; -91.012
Turkey river wp.svg
Turkey River watershed
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Turkey River (Iowa)

The Turkey River is a 153-mile-long (246 km)[1] tributary of the upper Mississippi River. Its main branch rises in Howard County, Iowa, near the city of Cresco. The other counties it or its tributaries cover are Chickasaw, Winneshiek, Fayette, Clayton, Delaware, and Dubuque. Tributaries include the Little Turkey River and Crane Creek.

Flowing from northwest to southeast, it flows through or near the cities of Spillville, Fort Atkinson, Eldorado (where it joins with the Little Turkey River), Clermont, Elgin, Elkader, Elkport, Garber, and Millville, before entering the Mississippi south of Guttenberg and across from Cassville, Wisconsin.

The watershed covers 1,083,200 acres (4,384 km2).

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 13, 2011

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