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Turkey River
Elkader Keystone Bridge.jpg
Keystone Bridge in Elkader
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Turkey River watershed
Country US
State Iowa
District Clayton County, Iowa, Fayette County, Iowa, Winneshiek County, Iowa, Howard County, Iowa
Physical characteristics
Main source 43°20′31″N 92°18′40″W / 43.342°N 92.311°W / 43.342; -92.311
River mouth Mississippi River
607 ft (185 m)
42°43′03″N 91°00′43″W / 42.71750°N 91.01194°W / 42.71750; -91.01194
Basin features
  • Left:
    Roberts Creek
  • Right:
    Volga River, Little Turkey River

The Turkey River is a 153-mile-long (246 km) tributary of the upper Mississippi River. Its main branch rises in Howard County, Iowa, near the city of Cresco. The other counties it or its tributaries cover are Chickasaw, Winneshiek, Fayette, Clayton, Delaware, and Dubuque. Tributaries include the Little Turkey River and Crane Creek.

Flowing from northwest to southeast, it flows through or near the cities of Spillville, Fort Atkinson, Eldorado (where it joins with the Little Turkey River), Clermont, Elgin, Elkader, Elkport, Garber, and Millville, before entering the Mississippi south of Guttenberg and across from Cassville, Wisconsin. At its mouth is the community of Turkey River, Iowa, which is named after the river.

The watershed covers 1,083,200 acres (4,384 km2).

Recreational and wildlife areas

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