Apple River (Wisconsin)

Apple River (Wisconsin)

:"For the tributary of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois, see Apple River (Illinois). For the town in northwestern Wisconsin, see Apple River, Wisconsin."

The Apple River is a tributary of the St. Croix River, about 70 mi (113 km) long, in northwestern Wisconsin in the United States. Via the St. Croix, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.

It issues from Staples Lake in Barron County and flows generally southwestwardly through Polk and St. Croix Counties, through several lakes and past the city of Amery and the villages of Star Prairie and Somerset. It joins the St. Croix River 7 mi (11.3 km) northeast of Stillwater, Minnesota.

In the Ojibwe language, the Apple River is called "Waabizipinikaan-ziibi", meaning "River Abundant with Swan Potatoes". This name was translated into French, but only "pomme" (apple) of the French word for "potato" ("pomme de terre" - apple from the earth) was translated into English.

The Apple River was once an important route of trade for the logging industry; timber was floated downstream from logging camps in the north to a sawmill in Amery, Wisconsin where it was cut, loaded onto trains and transported throughout the region. Today, the river generates tourism revenue through recreation and resorts. Its relatively gentle rapids make it very popular for canoeing, tubing, camping, concerts, and is a popular fishing spot through all seasons. Tubing involves floating on a river on top of an inner tube.

ee also

*List of Wisconsin rivers


* [ WI DNR 24K Hydrography]
* [ Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry]
*DeLorme (1992). "Wisconsin Atlas & Gazetteer". Freeport, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-247-1.
*Gnis|1581583|Apple River

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