Detroit River

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Coordinates: 42°03′06″N 83°09′05″W / 42.05167°N 83.15139°W / 42.05167; -83.15139
Detroit River
Rivière du Détroit
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Windsor police passing by the Renaissance Center
Countries United States, Canada
State Michigan
Province Ontario
Tributaries
 - left Ecorse River, River Rouge
 - right Little River, River Canard
Cities United States: Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, River Rouge, Ecorse, Wyandotte, Riverview, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Gibraltar, Canada: Tecumseh, Windsor, La Salle, Amherstburg
Source Lake St. Clair
 - elevation 574 ft (175 m)
 - coordinates 42°21′07″N 82°55′03″W / 42.35194°N 82.9175°W / 42.35194; -82.9175
Mouth Lake Erie
 - elevation 571 ft (174 m)
 - coordinates 42°03′06″N 83°09′05″W / 42.05167°N 83.15139°W / 42.05167; -83.15139
Length 28 mi (45 km)
Basin 700 sq mi (1,813 km²)
Discharge
 - average 188,000 cu ft/s (5,324 /s)
Location of the Detroit River in the United States
Location of the Detroit River in the United States
Landsat satellite photo showing the St. Clair River (top), Lake St. Clair (center), and the Detroit River connecting it to Lake Erie (bottom)
Landsat satellite photo showing the St. Clair River (top), Lake St. Clair (center), and the Detroit River connecting it to Lake Erie (bottom)

The Detroit River is a river in the Great Lakes system.[1] The river connects Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. It forms part of the border between Canada and the United States. It is 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi) long.[2] It divides the cities of Detroit and Windsor. It is one of the busiest waterways in the world.[3]

The name comes from the French Rivière du Détroit, which means River of the Strait.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Environmental Protection Agency (29 April 2009). "Detroit River Area of Concern". http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/aoc/detroit.html. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed November 7, 2011
  3. Nolan, Jenny (11 February 1997). "How the Detroit River shaped lives and history". The Detroit News (Detroit, Michigan). http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=186. Retrieved June 15, 2009.