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Detroit River

Coordinates: 42°03′06″N 83°09′05″W / 42.05167°N 83.15139°W / 42.05167; -83.15139
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Detroit River
Rivière Détroit
Southern end as it enters Lake Erie with Canada in the foreground and the U.S. in the background
Detroit River is located in Michigan
Detroit River
Location within the state of Michigan
Detroit River is located in the United States
Detroit River
Location within the United States
CountryUnited States, Canada
CitiesUS: Grosse Pointe Park, Detroit, River Rouge, Ecorse, Wyandotte, Riverview, Trenton, Gibraltar
Canada: Tecumseh, Windsor, La Salle, Amherstburg
Physical characteristics
SourceLake St. Clair
 - coordinates42°21′07″N 82°55′03″W / 42.35194°N 82.91750°W / 42.35194; -82.91750
 - elevation574 ft (175 m)
MouthLake Erie
 - coordinates42°03′06″N 83°09′05″W / 42.05167°N 83.15139°W / 42.05167; -83.15139
 - elevation571 ft (174 m)
Length28 mi (45 km)
Basin size700 sq mi (1,800 km2)
Basin features
 - leftLittle River, River Canard
 - rightRiver Rouge, Ecorse River
Islands31 (list of islands)

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 | change source]

  1. Environmental Protection Agency (29 April 2009). "Detroit River Area of Concern". Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2017-08-23 at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 7, 2011
  3. Nolan, Jenny (11 February 1997). "How the Detroit River shaped lives and history". The Detroit News. Detroit, Michigan. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2009.