Bois de Sioux River

river in the United States of America

The Bois de Sioux River drains Lake Traverse, the southernmost body of water in the Hudson Bay watershed of North America. It is a tributary of the Red River of the North. It makes up part of the western border of the U.S. state of Minnesota, and the eastern borders of North Dakota and South Dakota. It is about 41 miles (66 km) in length.[1] The Dakota name for this River is Caninkpa Wakpa ( can = wood; inkpa = point; wakpa = river) named because it is the point or beginning of the woods all the way to Hudson Bay.[2] Where the Waters Gather and the Rivers Meet. By Paul C. Durand, Privately published, 1994 ISBN 0-9641469-0-8.

Bois de Sioux River
The Bois de Sioux River below the dam of Lake Traverse. Roberts County, South Dakota is at left, and Traverse County, Minnesota is at right.
Red River drainage basin, with Bois de Sioux River highlighted
Physical characteristics
 - locationDam at the foot of Lake Traverse, South Dakota
 - coordinates45°51′42″N 96°34′23″W / 45.8616667°N 96.5730556°W / 45.8616667; -96.5730556 (Bois de Sioux River origin)
 - locationConfluence with the Otter Tail River to form the Red River
 - coordinates46°15′52″N 96°35′55″W / 46.2644444°N 96.5986111°W / 46.2644444; -96.5986111 (Bois de Sioux River mouth)
 - elevation951 ft (290 m)
Length41 mi (66 km)
Basin features
ProgressionBois de Sioux River → Red River → Lake Winnipeg → Nelson River → Hudson Bay → Atlantic Ocean
GNIS ID640348


  1. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data The National Map Archived 29 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 8 June 2011