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Bois de Sioux River
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The Bois de Sioux River below the dam of Lake Traverse. Roberts County, South Dakota is at left, and Traverse County, Minnesota is at right.
Red River drainage basin, with Bois de Sioux River highlighted
Physical characteristics
Main source Dam at the foot of Lake Traverse, South Dakota
45°51′42″N 96°34′23″W / 45.8616667°N 96.5730556°W / 45.8616667; -96.5730556 (Bois de Sioux River origin)
River mouth Confluence with the Otter Tail River to form the Red River
951 ft (290 m)
46°15′52″N 96°35′55″W / 46.2644444°N 96.5986111°W / 46.2644444; -96.5986111 (Bois de Sioux River mouth)
Length 41 mi (66 km)
Basin features
Progression Bois de Sioux River → Red River → Lake Winnipeg → Nelson River → Hudson Bay → Atlantic Ocean
GNIS ID 640348

The Bois de Sioux River drains Lake Traverse, the southernmost body of water in the Hudson Bay watershed of North America. It is a tributary of the Red River of the North. It makes up part of the western border of the U.S. state of Minnesota, and the eastern borders of North Dakota and South Dakota. It is about 41 miles (66 km) in length. The Dakota name for this River is Caninkpa Wakpa ( can = wood; inkpa = point; wakpa = river) named because it is the point or beginning of the woods all the way to Hudson Bay.[2] Where the Waters Gather and the Rivers Meet. By Paul C. Durand, Privately published, 1994 ISBN 0-9641469-0-8.

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