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Blue Earth River
Blue Earth River Rapidan.jpg
The Blue Earth River as viewed from Rapidan Dam in Blue Earth County in 2007
Country United States
States Iowa, Minnesota
 - left Watonwan River
 - right East Branch Blue Earth River, Le Sueur River
Source Middle Branch Blue Earth River
 - location near Rake, Winnebago County, Iowa
 - elevation 1,207 ft (368 m)
 - coordinates 43°27′30″N 93°48′04″W / 43.45833°N 93.80111°W / 43.45833; -93.80111
Secondary source West Branch Blue Earth River
 - location near Swea City, Kossuth County, Iowa
 - elevation 1,152 ft (351 m)
 - coordinates 43°24′13″N 94°17′38″W / 43.40361°N 94.29389°W / 43.40361; -94.29389
Source confluence
 - location Elmore Township, Faribault County, Minnesota
 - elevation 1,076 ft (328 m)
 - coordinates 43°34′20″N 94°06′11″W / 43.57222°N 94.10306°W / 43.57222; -94.10306
Mouth Minnesota River
 - location Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota
 - elevation 765 ft (233 m)
 - coordinates 44°09′51″N 94°02′13″W / 44.16417°N 94.03694°W / 44.16417; -94.03694
Length 108 mi (174 km)
Basin 3,486 sq mi (9,029 km²)
Discharge for Rapidan Township, Minnesota
 - average 1,076 cu ft/s (30 /s)
 - max 43,100 cu ft/s (1,220 /s)
 - min 6.9 cu ft/s (0 /s)

The Blue Earth River is a tributary of the Minnesota River. It is 108 miles (174 km) long and can be found in the southern part of Minnesota and the northern part of Iowa in the United States. It has two headwaters: the Middle Branch Blue Earth River and the West Branch Blue Earth River. The Blue Earth River is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. The river was named for old of bluish-green clay that could be seen along the banks of the river. However, you are no longer able to see these deposits. It was called Makato Osa Watapa by the Dakota Indians. This had the meaning "the river where blue earth is gathered."

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