Prairie River (Michigan)

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For the river in Wisconsin, see Prairie River (Wisconsin).
Prairie River
Prairie River, Michigan.jpg
Country United States
Basin
Main source Lake Templene
River mouth St. Joseph River at Three Rivers, Michigan
Physical characteristics
Length 54 miles (87 km)

The Prairie River is a small river that flows 54 miles (87 km)[1] through Branch and St. Joseph counties in Michigan. The river rises at 41°48′20″N 85°00′54″W / 41.80556°N 85.01500°W / 41.80556; -85.01500 in northern Kinderhook Township in Branch County, and flows west-northwest into the St. Joseph River at 41°54′45″N 85°38′21″W / 41.91250°N 85.63917°W / 41.91250; -85.63917 just south of the city of Three Rivers, Michigan.[2]

Drainage basin[edit]

The Prairie River drains all or portions of the following:[3]

Tributaries[edit]

(from the mouth)[3]

  • (right) Spring Creek[4]
    • Nottawa Ditch[5]
    • Colon Ditch[6]
      • Washburn Lake[7]
    • Beaver Drain[8]
      • Beaver Lake[9]
  • Lake Templene is formed by an impoundment on the river[10]
  • (right) outflow from Bryant Lake[11]
  • (left) outflow from Perrin Lake[12]
  • Prairie River Lake, a natural lake on the river[13]
  • (left) outflow from Fish Lake[14]
    • outflow from Hawkins Lake[15]
      • outflow from Eight Foot Lake[16]
        • outflow from Grey Lake[17]
          • outflow from Omena Lake[18]
  • (left) Stewart Lake Drain[19]
  • (left) outflow from Lake Pleasant[21]
    • outflow from Lake Michiana (Hog Lake)[22]
  • (left) outflow from Dragon Lake,[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 19, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Prairie River
  3. ^ a b National Map Viewer, accessed August 10, 2015
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Spring Creek
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nottawa Ditch
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Colon Ditch
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Washburn Lake
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beaver Drain
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beaver Lake
  10. ^ Project Background, Lake Templene Bathymetric Surveying and Lake Management Plan
  11. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bryant Lake
  12. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Perrin Lake
  13. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Prairie River Lake
  14. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fish Lake
  15. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hawkins Lake
  16. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eight Foot Lake
  17. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Grey Lake
  18. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Omena Lake
  19. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stewart Lake Drain
  20. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stewart Lake
  21. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Pleasant
  22. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Michiana
  23. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dragon Lake