Rainy River (Minnesota-Ontario)

Rainy River (Minnesota-Ontario)

The Rainy River (French: "Rivière à la Pluie") is a river, approximately 85 mi (140 km), that forms part of the U.S.-Canada border separating northern Minnesota and Northwestern Ontario.

It issues from the west side of Rainy Lake (French: "lac à la Pluie") and flows generally west-northwest, between International Falls, Minnesota and Fort Frances, Ontario, and between Baudette, Minnesota and Rainy River, Ontario. It enters the southern end of Lake of the Woods approximately 12 mi (19 km) northwest of Baudette. It is used for hydroelectricity at International Falls. The town of Rainy River, Ontario was named after the river. The drainage basin of the river stretches east to the height of land about 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Lake Superior, where it was the southeast corner of the huge tract of land granted to the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670. It ultimately drains through the Winnipeg River, Lake Winnipeg and the Nelson River into Hudson Bay.

The Baudette-Rainy River International Bridge and the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge both cross the Rainy River.

The Ontario and Rainy River Railway, opened in 1901 and now part of Canadian National, follows the river on the Canadian side.

ee also

*Pigeon River
*List of Minnesota rivers
*List of Ontario rivers
*Rainy Lake

External links

* [http://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/basins/rainy/ State of Minnesota: Rainy River Basin]


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