Root River (Wisconsin)

Root River (Wisconsin)

The Root River is a river, about 35 mi (55 km) long, that flows to Lake Michigan at the city of Racine in southeastern Wisconsin in the United States. Racine and Racine County are named for the river, as "racine" is the French word for root.


The Root River rises in Waukesha County in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin and flows generally southeastwardly through the Milwaukee County suburbs of West Allis, Greenfield, Greendale and Franklin, into Racine County, where it enters Lake Michigan at Racine.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Root River has also been known historically as:
*Racine River

ee also

*List of Wisconsin rivers
*List of Wisconsin county name etymologies
*List of U.S. counties named after rivers
*List of U.S. counties named after plants


* [ Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry]
*DeLorme (1992). "Wisconsin Atlas & Gazetteer". Freeport, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-247-1.
*Gnis|1572589|Root River

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