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Maumee River

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In the above illustration, the Maumee River is highlighted in blue.
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In the above illustration, the Maumee River is highlighted in blue.

The Maumee River begins in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where it is formed by the confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Marys rivers. From there, it meanders through more than 130 river miles of glacial moraine before emptying into Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio's Maumee Bay.

The Maumee has the largest watershed of any Great Lakes river with 3,942 stream miles draining into the Maumee River. The watershed includes parts of three states, as the St. Joseph River comes from southern Michigan.

The mouth of the river at Lake Erie is wide and supports considerable commercial traffic, including oil, grain, and coal. However, within about 15 miles upstream, near the town of Waterville, Ohio, the river becomes much shallower and supports only recreation beyond that point.

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