Carp River (Mackinac County)

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Carp River
Country United States
Basin features
Main source Trout Lake
River mouth Lake Huron
581 ft (177 m)[1]

Carp River is a 40.2-mile-long (64.7 km)[2] river in Chippewa and Mackinac counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. 21.7 miles (34.9 km) of the river were added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1992.[3]

Description[edit]

The Carp River is formed by the outflow of Trout Lake (also known as Carp Lake) in southern Trout Lake Township in Chippewa County at 46°10′41″N 85°01′55″W / 46.17806°N 85.03194°W / 46.17806; -85.03194 (Carp River (source))[1] in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The river flows generally south and east into Mackinac County.

The Carp River flows for much of its length through the eastern region of the Hiawatha National Forest. A central portion of the river, near M-123, flows through the Mackinac Wilderness, jointly preserved by the U.S. Forest Service and the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission of the Ojibwa Indians.[3]

In contrast to much of the Upper Peninsula, the Carp River's watershed is relatively flat, and there are only a few small rapids on the river. It is often used by canoeists. Fishermen can find brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout in the river in summer, with some salmon in fall.

Close to its mouth, the Carp River is spanned by the Mackinac Trail – Carp River Bridge, a 1920 spandrel arch bridge that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 1999. The river then empties into St. Martin Bay of Lake Huron at 46°01′29″N 84°41′33″W / 46.02472°N 84.69250°W / 46.02472; -84.69250 (Carp River (mouth)).[1]

Tributaries and features[edit]

From the mouth:

  • Saint Martin Bay[4]
  • (left) Red Creek[5]
  • (left) Flat Creek[6]
  • (right) Platz Lake[7]
  • (right) Lower Farm Hill Creek[8]
  • (right) Upper Farm Hill Creek[9]
  • (right) Spring Lake Creek[10]
  • (right) North Branch Carp River[12]
    • (left) Taylor Creek[13]
      • (left) Bissel Creek[14]
    • (right) East Lake Branch Carp River[15]
  • (left) South Branch Carp River[17]
  • Rock Rapids[18]
  • (right) Ozark Creek[19]
    • (right) Mud Creek[20]
  • (left) Mud Lake[21]
  • (right) Frenchman Lake[22]
  • Trout Lake (also known as Big Trout Lake and Carp Lake)[24]
    • Schwesinger Creek[25]
    • Little Trout Lake[26]
      • Kneebone Creek[27]

Drainage basin[edit]

The drainage basin of the Carp River includes all or part of the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Carp River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed November 21, 2011
  3. ^ a b Michigan Atlas and Gazetteer (10th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2002. 
  4. ^ "Saint Martin Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ "Red Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ "Flat Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  7. ^ "Platz Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  8. ^ "Lower Farm Hill Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  9. ^ "Upper Farm Hill Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  10. ^ "Spring Lake Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  11. ^ "Spring Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  12. ^ "North Branch Carp River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  13. ^ "Taylor Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  14. ^ "Bissel Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  15. ^ "East Lake Branch Carp River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  16. ^ "East Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  17. ^ "East Branch Carp River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  18. ^ "Rock Rapids". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  19. ^ "Ozark Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  20. ^ "Mud Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  21. ^ "Mud Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  22. ^ "Frenchman Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  23. ^ "Wegwaas Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  24. ^ "Trout Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  25. ^ "Schwesinger Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  26. ^ "Little Trout Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  27. ^ "Kneebone Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 

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