Iroquois River

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Iroquois River
File:Iroquois River.jpg
The Iroquois River in Newton County, Indiana.
Origin NW of Rensselaer, Newton Township, Jasper County, Indiana
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Mouth Kankakee, Illinois
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Basin countries United States
Length 103 miles (166 km)
Source elevation 705 feet (215 m)
Mouth elevation 599 feet (183 m)
Avg. discharge 1741 cu ft per sec
Basin area 2,091 sq mi (5,420 km2)
GNIS ID 410927

The Iroquois River is a 103-mile-long (166 km)[1] tributary of the Kankakee River in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois in the United States.[2] It was named for the Iroquois people.[3] Via the Kankakee and Illinois rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.


The Iroquois River rises in Jasper County, Indiana, and flows generally west-southwestwardly through Newton County, Indiana, and Iroquois County, Illinois, where it turns northward and flows into Kankakee County, Illinois. It enters the Kankakee River from the south in Kankakee County, opposite the village of Aroma Park, about 4 miles (6 km) southwest of the city of Kankakee.

Along its course the Iroquois passes the town of Rensselaer and Brook in Indiana and the towns of Iroquois, Watseka and Sugar Island in Illinois.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Iroquois River, or portions thereof, has also been known as:[2]

  • Borntrager Ditch
  • Burns Ditch
  • Irokois River
  • Iroquois Ditch
  • Pickamick River
  • Pickamink Lateral
  • Pickamink River
  • Pinkamink River
  • Swain Ditch
  • Thompson Ditch

Towns and cities

See also


  1. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 13, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Iroquois River
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 166.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


File:Iroquois and Kankakee Junction.jpg
Junction of the Iroquois River (left) with the Kankakee River at Aroma Park, Illinois
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Junction of the Iroquois River (left) with the Newton County Fair grounds River By Andrew Spiker