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Muskoka River
High Falls, Bracebridge, Ontario.jpg
High Falls in Bracebridge on the north branch of the Muskoka River
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Physical characteristics
Main source Algonquin Provincial Park
Burnt Island Lake
525 m (1,722 ft)
River mouth Two outlets into Georgian Bay via Go Home Lake and Moon River.
177 m (581 ft)

The Muskoka River is a river in the Muskoka District of Ontario, Canada.

It rises in the highlands of Algonquin Park and flows southwest through a number of lakes including

which empty into Georgian Bay south of Parry Sound by way of the Moon and Musquash Rivers.

Tributaries include the:

  • Indian River
  • Hollow River
  • Oxtongue River
  • Buck River
  • East River

Communities on the river include:

  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • Huntsville, Ontario

The name "Muskoka" comes from the name of a chief of the Ojibwa in this region, "Mesqua Ukee" (Miskwaa-aki: Red Earth).

In fiction

There is also a Muskoka River in Nancy Drew's fictional home town of River Heights, located somewhere in the Midwestern United States.

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