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Maquoketa River

Maquoketa River
The North Fork of the Maquoketa River at Dyersville, Iowa in 1996
Country United States
State Iowa
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Source confluence
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Mouth Mississippi River
 - elevation 591 ft (180 m)
Length 150 mi (241 km)
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U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Maquoketa River

The Maquoketa River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately long,[1] in northeastern Iowa in the United States. Its watershed covers [2] within a rural region of rolling hills and farmland southwest of Dubuque. It is not to be confused with the Little Maquoketa River, another distinct direct tributary of the Upper Mississippi River meeting the Big River north of Dubuque. The river and its tributaries mark the border of the Driftless Area of Iowa, with the areas east of it not having been covered by ice during the last ice age.


The Maquoketa rises in southeastern Fayette County just southwest of Arlington in Fairfield Township, and approximately west of Oelwein. It flows briefly northeastward, then generally southeastward through Clayton, Delaware, Jones and Jackson Counties, through Backbone State Park and the towns of Dundee, Manchester and Monticello.

At Maquoketa, it receives the North Fork Maquoketa River from the north; the North Fork rises in northern Dubuque County and flows [1] generally southward past Dyersville and Cascade. The Maquoketa then flows generally eastward in a meandering course as it approaches the Mississippi. It enters [[Lock and Dam No. 13|Pool

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