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Credit River
Credit River Savage.jpg
The Credit River in a city park in Savage in 2007
Country United States
State Minnesota
Physical characteristics
Main source Elko New Market
1,129 ft (344 m)
River mouth Minnesota River
Savage
697 ft (212 m)
Length 21.5 mi (34.6 km)
Basin features
Basin size 46.3 sq mi (120 km2)

The Credit River is a small tributary of the Minnesota River, 22 miles (35 km) long, in the southwestern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota in the United States. Via the Minnesota River, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 46 square miles (120 km²) in a suburban area. The stream flows for its entire length in eastern Scott County; its tributaries also drain a portion of western Dakota County.

The Credit River issues from a small lake in the city of Elko New Market in southeastern Scott County, and flows generally northward through the townships of New Market and Credit River and the city of Savage. It flows into the Minnesota River from the south in Savage, approximately 14 miles (22 km) south-southwest of downtown Minneapolis.

In 2002 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency designated the Credit River as being impaired by turbidity. The agency removed the stream from its list of impaired waters in 2012 in light of monitoring data from 2008–2009 showing that excess turbidity was no longer present.

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