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St. Joseph River (Maumee River)

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St. Joseph River near Newville in DeKalb County, Indiana, February 2001.

The St. Joseph River is a tributary of the Maumee River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in southern Michigan, northwestern Ohio, and northeastern Indiana in the United States. It drains a primarily rural farming region in the watershed of Lake Erie. It is one of two nearby rivers in the region, along with the St. Joseph River of Lake Michigan, that somewhat confusingly share the same name.

It rises out a group of small lakes in southern Michigan, in Hillsdale County approximately 5 mi (8 km) southwest of Hillsdale. The headwaters are within 5 mi (8 km) of the those of the St. Joseph River of Lake Michigan. It flows initially southeast, then turns to the southwest to flow across the northwestern corner of Ohio past Montpelier. It enters De Kalb County in northeastern Indiana, flowing southwest past St. Joe and into the city of Fort Wayne. It joins the St. Marys River from the north to form the Maumee in downtown Fort Wayne.


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