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Maquoketa River
North Fork Maquoketa River.jpg
The North Fork of the Maquoketa River at Dyersville, Iowa in 1996
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Country United States
State Iowa
Physical characteristics
River mouth Mississippi River
591 ft (180 m)
Length 150 mi (240 km)
  • Average rate:
    1,141 cu/ft. per sec.

The Maquoketa River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, about 150 miles (240 km) long, in northeastern Iowa in the United States.

Its watershed covers 1,694 square miles (4,387 km2) within a rural region of rolling hills and farmland southwest of Dubuque.

It is not to be confused with the Little Maquoketa River. The river and its tributaries mark the border of the Driftless Area of Iowa. The name comes from Maquaw-Autaw, which means "Bear River" in Meskwaki.

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