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About the map

Iowa Map Extent

This map shows major rivers, reservoirs, and lakes of Iowa like the Des Moines River, Iowa River, and Rathbun Lake. In general, rivers in Iowa flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Lake Red Rock, Big Spirit Lake, and Rathbun Lake are the largest lakes in Iowa. All three lakes exceed 10,000 acres in area. From kayaking to exploring Iowa’s many rivers and lakes, there are many ways to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors in Iowa.

Iowa is a bit unique because rivers delineate its west and east boundary. On the west of Iowa, it’s the Missouri River that borders South Dakota and Nebraska. Then, on the east side of Iowa, it’s the Mississippi River that marks its border with Illinois and Wisconsin. Des Moines River is another key watercourse because it flows through the capital city – as shown in this map of Des Moines.

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Iowa lakes, rivers and reservoirs

Lakes and reservoirs

Rathbun Lake
Lake Red Rock

Saylorville Lake
Wokoboji Lake

Rivers and streams

Des Moines River
Missouri River
Mississippi River
Iowa River
Little Sioux River
Chariton River
Turkey River
Raccoon River
Cedar River
Wapsipinicon River
Boyer River
East Nishnabotna River
West Nishnabotna River

Thompson River
Skunk River
English River
Cedar River
Maquoketa River
Shell Rock River
Upper Iowa River
Boone River
Des Moines River
Floyd River
Maple River
South Raccoon River
Middle Nodaway River

References

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