Flat River (Michigan)

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Flat River
WhitesBridge FlatRiver Scene DSCN9933.JPG
Flat River upstream from Whites Bridge, Fall 2006
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Montcalm, Kent, Ionia
Cities Belvidere Township, Lowell, Greenville, Belding
 - location Montcalm County
 - elevation 915 ft (279 m)
 - coordinates 42°55′40″N 85°20′19″W / 42.92778°N 85.33861°W / 42.92778; -85.33861
 - location Grand River
 - elevation 617 ft (188 m)
 - coordinates 43°26′23″N 85°6′7″W / 43.43972°N 85.10194°W / 43.43972; -85.10194Coordinates: 43°26′23″N 85°6′7″W / 43.43972°N 85.10194°W / 43.43972; -85.10194
Length 70 mi (113 km)
Basin 560 sq mi (1,450 km2)
Flat River Map US MI.svg

The Flat River is a tributary of the Grand River in the western part of the U.S. state of Michigan. It rises as the outflow of the six lakes (Six Lakes) system[clarification needed What is "the" Six Lakes system? Why is it written here twice?] in Belvidere Township, west of Edmore in Montcalm County. It flows mostly south and slightly west through Montcalm County, Ionia County, and Kent County, flowing into the Grand River in Lowell. Other cities it flows through along the way include Greenville and Belding.[1]

Two historic covered bridges cross the river. One, the Fallasburg Bridge, in Vergennes Township, Kent County is in Fallasburg County Park a few miles north of Lowell. The other, Whites Bridge is a few miles to the northeast in adjacent northwest Keene Township, Ionia County, near Smyrna.[1] On July 7, 2013, an arson fire destroyed White's Bridge.[2] Fund-raising efforts are underway in attempt to have the bridge rebuilt. At the time of its destruction, it was the oldest covered bridge of its kind in Michigan.[3]

There are 5 dams along the river: Greenville, Belding, Whites Bridge, Burroughs and Lowell.[1]

It is the river named in the song "Sad Ballad of Jack Haggerty", sometimes known as "Flat River Girl."

Flat River in Michigan, ca. 1910 vintage postcard


  1. ^ a b c Flat River Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]

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