Eagle River (Michigan)

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Eagle River
Eagle River Michigan.jpg
The Eagle River near its mouth in the community of Eagle River
Location
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationat the confluence of its East and West Forks
 ⁃ coordinates47°23′21″N 88°16′42″W / 47.38917°N 88.27833°W / 47.38917; -88.27833[1]
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
in Eagle River, Michigan, at Lake Superior
 ⁃ coordinates
47°24′54″N 88°17′57″W / 47.41500°N 88.29917°W / 47.41500; -88.29917Coordinates: 47°24′54″N 88°17′57″W / 47.41500°N 88.29917°W / 47.41500; -88.29917[1]
Falls of the Eagle River near minimal flow
Near minimum flow
Falls of the Eagle River near maximal flow
Near peak flow
Falls of the Eagle River in Eagle River

The Eagle River is a 2.6-mile-long (4.2 km)[2] stream on the Keweenaw Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The river flows into Lake Superior in the community of Eagle River. Most of the river lies within Houghton Township.

The main branch of the river is formed at the confluence of its East Branch[3] and its West Branch[4] at the community of Phoenix, about two miles southeast of its mouth, and parallels M-26 from Phoenix into Eagle River.[5]

The east and west branches each run along the south side of the Cliff Range to meet in Phoenix and flow through a gap in the Cliff Range. The west branch rises about three miles southwest of Phoenix in northeastern Allouez Township. Cliff Drive runs alongside the river, and is joined by U.S. Highway 41 and M-26 about a mile and a quarter southeast of Phoenix. The only significant tributary on the west branch is Brodie Creek, which rises a bit further inland from the Cliff Range and enters the west branch just outside Phoenix.

The east branch rises out of Beaver Pond about five miles east of Phoenix. It flows west along the south side of the Cliff Range, paralleled by US 41. The only significant tributary of the east branch is Buffalo Creek, which enters about three miles east of Phoenix.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eagle River
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed February 3, 2012
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: East Branch Eagle River
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Eagle River
  5. ^ DeLorme (2003). Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: Delore. ISBN 0-89933-335-4.