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Skunk River
Country US
State Iowa
Districts Lee County, Iowa, Des Moines County, Iowa, Poweshiek County, Iowa, Henry County, Iowa, Jefferson County, Iowa, Washington County, Iowa, Keokuk County, Iowa
 - left South Skunk River
 - right North Skunk River
 - coordinates 41°14′53″N 92°01′34″W / 41.248°N 92.026°W / 41.248; -92.026
Mouth Mississippi River
 - location Burlington, Iowa, US
 - elevation 522 ft (159 m)
 - coordinates 40°41′53″N 91°06′54″W / 40.698°N 91.115°W / 40.698; -91.115
Map showing the Skunk river, including both branches.
U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Skunk River

The Skunk River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the state of Iowa in the United States.

It rises in two branches, the South Skunk (the longer branch) and the North Skunk. The headwaters of the South Skunk are in Hamilton County in north central Iowa. It flows roughly due southward, to the west of Interstate 35 and passes through the city of Ames, before turning southeasterly. In Keokuk County, it is joined by the North Skunk, which has its headwaters in Marshall County. It then proceeds southeastward and flows into the Mississippi about five miles south of the city of Burlington.

Species of fish found in the Skunk River include smallmouth bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, sheephead, bullhead, and largemouth bass.

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