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Edwards River
Physical characteristics
Main source Burns Township, Henry County, west of Kewanee, Illinois
River mouth Confluence with the Mississippi River south of New Boston, Illinois
538 ft (164 m)
Length 74 mi (119 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    325 cu/ft. per sec.
Basin features
Progression Edwards River → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
GNIS ID 407805

The Edwards River is a 73.7-mile-long (118.6 km) tributary of the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois in the United States. It rises 3 miles (5 km) west of Kewanee in southeastern Henry County and flows generally westwardly into Mercer County, where it joins the Mississippi 2 miles (3 km) southeast of New Boston. In Henry County it collects the South Edwards River, which flows past Bishop Hill.

The river was once home to a grain mill near Andover, Illinois. Several sections of the Edwards River's course have been straightened and channelized.

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