Tippecanoe River

River in Indiana, USA
Tippecanoe River
Map of the Wabash River watershed with the Tippecanoe River highlighted.
Country US
Basin features
Main source Big Lake in Noble County, Indiana
River mouth Wabash River near Battle Ground, Indiana
Basin size 1,875 sq mi (4,860 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 182 miles (293 km)

The Tippecanoe River (/ˌtɪpikəˈn/ TIP-ee-kə-NOO) is a gentle, 182-mile-long (293 km)[1] river in northern Indiana that flows from Big Lake in Noble County to the Wabash River near Battle Ground, about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Lafayette. The name "Tippecanoe" comes from a Miami-Illinois word for buffalo fish, reconstructed as */kiteepihkwana/.[2]

The Tippecanoe River is fed by 88 natural lakes and has a drainage area of 1,250,000 acres (5,100 km2), spanning 14 counties. Very few streams in the upper Midwest can match the number of imperiled species or the overall species diversity that the Tippecanoe River supports.[citation needed] The Nature Conservancy named it one of the top ten rivers in the United States to preserve due to the ecological diversity and the high proportion of endangered species found in it.[3]



The Tippecanoe River originates from multiple kettle lakes formed by glaciers in Noble County, Indiana. The river flows west into Wilmot Pond which is formed by a small dam on its western side. After Wilmot, it crosses into Kosciusko County and enters Backwaters Lake which is basin of Webster Lake. After going over the dam at Webster Lake the river travels a few miles and enters Tippecanoe Lake. From there the river flows south and west through the southeast corner of Marshall County, then bends northwest through the northern part of Fulton County and through Pulaski County, from the northeast corner to the south central portion, traversing Tippecanoe River State Park along the way. It then enters White County, where dams form Lake Freeman and Lake Shafer. The river exits Lake Freeman from the south and flows through the west part of Carroll County into Tippecanoe County, where it joins the Wabash River.

In addition to Tippecanoe County, five townships that the river flows through are named Tippecanoe:


The Battle of Tippecanoe, in which Governor William Henry Harrison defeated the Indian confederacy of Tecumseh, occurred near the south bank of the river near modern Lafayette.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 19, 2011
  2. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "All about fishing on the Tippecanoe River.". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 

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