Red River Basin

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The Red River begins near Wahpeton, N. Dak. at the confluence of the Boise de Sioux and Otter Tail Rivers, flowing north into Canada before emptying into Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba. Meandering for approximately 450 river miles over a flat lacustrine plain, the shallow channel of the Red River forms the boundary between North Dakota and Minnesota. The drainage area for the Red River Basin is about 40,200 square miles and encompasses parts of eastern North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, and northeastern South Dakota in the United States and southern Manitoba in Canada. The Red River flows through several urban areas along its path including the cities of Fargo, N. Dak., and Moorhead, Minn., Grand Forks, N. Dak., East Grand Forks, Minn., and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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