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Us-kab-wan-ka River
Us-kab-wan-ka River is located in Minnesota
Us-kab-wan-ka River
Mouth of the Us-kab-wan-ka River
Native name askibwaanikaa-ziibi
Other name(s) Ush-kab-wan River
Country United States
State Minnesota
Physical characteristics
Main source Rush Lake
47°08′52″N 92°11′20″W / 47.1477108°N 92.1887955°W / 47.1477108; -92.1887955
River mouth Twig, Taft
46°58′19″N 92°20′28″W / 46.97194°N 92.34111°W / 46.97194; -92.34111
Length 19.7 mi-long (31.7 km)
Basin features
River system Cloquet River
Basin size 40.43 square miles (104.7 km2)

Us-kab-wan-ka River, also known as the Ush-kab-wan River, is a small tributary of the Cloquet River in northeast Minnesota in the United States. It is approximately 19.7 miles (31.7 km) long. Along with its tributaries, the Us-kab-wan-ka drains an area of 40.43 square miles (104.7 km2).

Its name in the Ojibwe language is askibwaanikaa-ziibi (river full of Jerusalem artichokes), having the identical name in Ojibwe as the nearby Artichoke River.


Via the Cloquet River and the Saint Louis River, it is part of the watershed of Lake Superior. It flows through Whiteface Reservoir Unorganized Territory and Grand Lake Township in southern Saint Louis County.

The river begins at the outlet of Rush Lake in Cloquet Valley State Forest and flows generally southwest, then southward. It flows into the Cloquet River, two miles south of Taft.

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