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The Killsnake River near its junction with the Manitowoc River

The Killsnake River is a 19.7-mile-long (31.7 km) river in eastern Wisconsin in the United States. It is a tributary of the South Branch of the Manitowoc River, which flows to Lake Michigan.

The river flows for its entire course in central Calumet County. It rises about 3 miles (5 km) east of Lake Winnebago and flows generally east-southeastwardly; it joins the South Branch of the Manitowoc River about 6 miles (10 km) east of Chilton in the Killsnake Wildlife Area.

Killsnake Wildlife Area

Killsnake Wildlife Area near Chilton, Wisconsin

The 5,777 acres (23.38 km2) surrounding the confluence of the Killsnake River with the South Branch Manitowoc River has been designated a wildlife refuge by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The area is located entirely in the town of Rantoul.

Registered historic area

There are four archaeological sites ranging from a major Early Paleo-Indian campsite from 9000 BC to a Potawatomi village from the mid-19th century AD located in the wildlife area, and the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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