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Ahnapee River
Ahnapee River in downtown Kewaunee near its mouth in Lake Michigan
Native name Aanapii
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Region Door Peninsula
Physical characteristics
Main source Gardner Swamp
44°46′08″N 87°32′21″W / 44.76889°N 87.53917°W / 44.76889; -87.53917
River mouth Lake Michigan
Algoma, Wisconsin
44°36′30″N 87°25′59″W / 44.60833°N 87.43306°W / 44.60833; -87.43306
Length 15 mi (24 km)
Basin features
  • Left:
    Silver Creek

The Ahnapee River is a 14.7-mile-long (23.7 km) river on the Door Peninsula in eastern Wisconsin in the United States. It rises in Door County, Wisconsin, and flows through Kewaunee County into Lake Michigan at the city of Algoma. Its name has been ascribed as coming from the Ojibwe word aanapii meaning "when?".


Ahnapee River below Forestville Dam
The Ahnapee River below the dam at Forestville

The Ahnapee rises in southern Door County and flows generally southeastwardly into northeastern Kewaunee County, past the village of Forestville, where it is dammed. Downstream of Forestville the river becomes a freshwater estuary of Lake Michigan and is paralleled by a rail trail called the Ahnapee State Trail. It joins Lake Michigan at the city of Algoma.

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