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The Elkhart River is a 48.3-mile-long (77.7 km)[1] tributary of the St. Joseph River in northern Indiana in the United States.[2] It is almost entirely contained in Elkhart County. It begins as the South Branch Elkhart River from Port Mitchell Lake and the North Branch Elkhart River from Waldron Lake and merge to form the Elkhart River west of Wawaka, Indiana. It flows generally westward through Benton and then turns northward. It then flows through Bainter Town and Waterford Mills into the Goshen Dam Pond. From there it flows northwest through Goshen, Dunlap and Elkhart. It flows into the St. Joseph River at Island Park just north of downtown Elkhart.[3]

Elkhart River
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationConfluence of the North and South Branches of Elkhart River west of Wawaka, Indiana
 ⁃ coordinates41°27′37″N 85°31′51″W / 41.4602778°N 85.5308333°W / 41.4602778; -85.5308333 (Elkhart River origin)
 ⁃ elevation872 ft (266 m)
 ⁃ location
Confluence with the St. Joseph River at Elkhart, Indiana
 ⁃ coordinates
41°41′30″N 85°58′20″W / 41.6916667°N 85.9722222°W / 41.6916667; -85.9722222 (Elkhart River mouth)Coordinates: 41°41′30″N 85°58′20″W / 41.6916667°N 85.9722222°W / 41.6916667; -85.9722222 (Elkhart River mouth)
 ⁃ elevation
722 ft (220 m)
Length48 mi (77 km)
Basin features
ProgressionElkhart River → St. Joseph River → Lake Michigan → Great Lakes → St. Lawrence River → Gulf of St. Lawrence
GNIS ID434081
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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed May 19, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Elkhart River
  3. ^ "Elkhart River". Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 24 January 2010.

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