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Prairie River
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Itasca
Physical characteristics
  • Average rate:
    211.6 cu ft/s (5.99 m3/s), USGS water years 1967-2019
(location 2)
  • Location:
  • Average rate:
    298.1 cu ft/s (8.44 m3/s) (estimate)

The Prairie River is a river in Itasca County, Minnesota. The river is located in northern Minnesota, near the communities of Taconite, Bovey, Grand Rapids, and La Prairie. It is a tributary of the Mississippi River.

In 1991 Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline ruptured near Grand Rapids, spilling 1.7 million of gallons of oil into the area, including the river, in the largest inland oil spill in US history.

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