Redeye River

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Redeye River
Redeye River.jpg
The Redeye River in Sebeka in 2007
Redeye River is located in Minnesota
Redeye River
Location of the mouth of the Redeye River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceWolf Lake
 ⁃ locationToad Lake Township, Becker County
 ⁃ coordinates46°49′17″N 95°25′06″W / 46.82139°N 95.41833°W / 46.82139; -95.41833[1]
 ⁃ elevation1,532 ft (467 m)[2]
MouthLeaf River
 ⁃ location
Bullard Township, Wadena County
 ⁃ coordinates
46°29′10″N 94°53′06″W / 46.48611°N 94.88500°W / 46.48611; -94.88500Coordinates: 46°29′10″N 94°53′06″W / 46.48611°N 94.88500°W / 46.48611; -94.88500[1]
 ⁃ elevation
1,263 ft (385 m)[2]
Length73 mi (117 km)[3]
Basin size222 sq mi (570 km2)[3]

The Redeye River is a tributary of the Leaf River, 73 miles (117 km) long, in central Minnesota in the United States. Via the Leaf and Crow Wing Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 222 square miles (575 km²) in a rural region; the river's name comes from the Native Americans of the area, who saw many red-eye fish in the river.[4]


The Redeye River rises in a morainic region,[5] issuing from Wolf Lake in Toad Lake Township in southeastern Becker County, it flows generally southeastwardly through northeastern Otter Tail and central Wadena Counties, through the city of Sebeka, and enters the Leaf River in Bullard Township in southeastern Wadena County,[6] eight miles (13 km) upstream of the Leaf River's mouth at the Crow Wing River.[3] The river's course is within the North Central Hardwood Forest ecoregion, which is characterized by hardwood forests of maple and basswood mixed with conifers, on outwash plains and moraines amid flat glacial lakes.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Geographic Names Information System entry for Redeye River (Feature ID #649894)". Geographic Names Information System. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  2. ^ a b Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates. Retrieved on 2007-06-17.
  3. ^ a b c Sanocki, C. A.; B. C. Fischer (2000). "Physical Characteristics of Stream Subbasins in the Redeye (Leaf) River Basin, Central Minnesota" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  4. ^ Upham, Warren. "Minnesota Place Names: A Geographical Encyclopedia". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  5. ^ Waters, Thomas F. (2006). "The Crow Wing: Oxcart to Canoe". The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 184–194. ISBN 0-8166-0960-8.
  6. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1994. pp. 53, 60–61. ISBN 0-89933-222-6.
  7. ^ "Upper Mississippi River Basin". Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 2000. pp. Upper Mississippi River Basin Water Quality Plan, Headwaters to the Rum River – Anoka, Section III: Upper Mississippi River Basin. Archived from the original on 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2007-06-17.