Bark River (Michigan)

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Bark River
Country United States
State Michigan
Region Upper Peninsula
Source outflow of Second Lake
 - coordinates 45°44′19″N 87°19′09″W / 45.7386°N 87.3192°W / 45.7386; -87.3192
Mouth Green Bay
 - coordinates 45°34′21″N 87°14′34″W / 45.5725°N 87.24278°W / 45.5725; -87.24278Coordinates: 45°34′21″N 87°14′34″W / 45.5725°N 87.24278°W / 45.5725; -87.24278
Length 24 mi (39 km)

Bark River is a 23.7-mile-long (38.1 km)[1] river on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The river flows into Green Bay on Lake Michigan in Ford River Township about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Escanaba at 45°34′22″N 87°14′34″W / 45.57278°N 87.24278°W / 45.57278; -87.24278.

The Bark River rises from the outflow of Second Lake (which is fed by Pine Creek and the outflow of First Lake) on the boundary between Delta County and Menominee County at 45°44′19″N 87°19′09″W / 45.73861°N 87.31917°W / 45.73861; -87.31917. The North Branch Bark River rises in a marshy area just east of Schaffer, Michigan in Bark River Township and joins the main course at 45°43′28″N 87°16′23″W / 45.72444°N 87.27306°W / 45.72444; -87.27306.

The Bark River was named by some of the first railroad engineers in the area who saw a great quantity of bark floating on the water.[2]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed December 19, 2011
  2. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 41.