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Middle Fork Vermilion River

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GNIS ID  413502
Country  United States of America
Length  124 km
Middle Fork Vermilion River
Main source  Confluence of a drainage ditch and Prairie Creek in Ford County southeast of Paxton, Illinois
River mouth  Confluence with the Salt Fork forming the Vermilion River west of Danville, Illinois 535 ft (163 m)
Progression  Middle Fork → Vermilion → Wabash → Ohio → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico

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The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is a tributary of the Vermilion River (Wabash River) in Illinois. The Middle Fork rises in Ford County and flows southeast to join the Vermilion near Danville.


Map of Middle Fork Vermilion River, Illinois, USA

In its natural state, the Middle Fork drained a large upland marsh in what is now Ford County. The Middle Fork has been extended into the marsh by drainage ditches. Including the ditches, the Middle Fork is about 77 miles (124 km) long.

Parks and access points

The Middle Fork is Illinois' only designated National Wild and Scenic River. Parks and access points include:

  • Kickapoo State Recreation Area
  • Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Middle Fork River, Champaign County Forest Preserve District
  • Cities, towns and counties

    The following cities, towns and villages are among those in the watershed of the Middle Fork:

  • Melvin, Illinois
  • Paxton, Illinois
  • Potomac, Illinois
  • Parts of the following counties are drained by the Middle Fork:

  • Champaign County, Illinois
  • Ford County, Illinois
  • Vermilion County, Illinois
  • References

    Middle Fork Vermilion River Wikipedia

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