The Wisconsin River
is a tributary of the Mississippi
. It runs 430 miles approximately southwest through the state of Wisconsin
, originating at Lac Vieux Desert near the border of the upper peninsula of Michigan
and joining the Mississippi at Prairie du Chien
. It is navigable up to Portage, Wisconsin
, 200 miles from its mouth, where it is separated from the Fox River
by only 2 miles.
The Wisconsin is dammed in 26 places for hydroelectric power and has been called The Hardest Working River in America.