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The Sugar River as it flows through Donald Park, near Mount Vernon.

The Sugar River is a tributary of the Pecatonica River, approximately 100 mi (160 km) long, in the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Illinois.

It rises in the hills of southwest Wisconsin, in southwest Dane County, approximately 15 mi (25 km) southwest of Madison The head waters are at the southern terminus of the last North American glacier. West of the river, the land elevates from lack of glaciation and joins what is known as the "driftless area" known for its abrupt hills and valleys covering most of southwest Wisconsin. From its source, the river meanders southeast, past Paoli and Belleville where it is dammed to form Lake Belleview. From there it meanders east of Monticello where it is joined by the Little Sugar River and flows south through Albany, and Brodhead. It crosses into northern Illinois flowing past an extensive area of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve system. These preserves are Sugar River Alder, Colored Sands, and Sugar River. The river joins the Pecatonica River in northern Winnebago County, approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of the state line and approximately 15 miles (25 km) NNE of Rockford.

The Sugar River State Trail is 23 miles of a winding path that is perfect for walking or riding a bike. In the winter, you can snowmobile or cross-country ski along the trail.

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