Sturgeon River (Delta County, Michigan)

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Sturgeon River
Location
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationAu Train Township, Alger County, Michigan
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Big Bay de Noc in Nahma Township, Delta County, Michigan
 ⁃ elevation
581 feet (177 m)[1]
TypeScenic, Recreational
DesignatedMarch 3, 1992

Sturgeon River is a 63.6-mile-long (102.4 km)[2] river in the U.S. state of Michigan, flowing mostly southward through Alger County and Delta County counties on the Upper Peninsula.

The Sturgeon River rises as the outflow of Sixteenmile Lake in Alger County at 46°17′35″N 86°46′00″W / 46.29306°N 86.76667°W / 46.29306; -86.76667 and flows primarily southward into Big Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan at 45°50′17″N 86°40′01″W / 45.83806°N 86.66694°W / 45.83806; -86.66694.[1]

The West Branch Sturgeon River rises at 46°09′56″N 86°43′46″W / 46.16556°N 86.72944°W / 46.16556; -86.72944 and flows southeast 12.5 miles (20.1 km)[2] into the main stream at 46°08′43″N 86°41′14″W / 46.14528°N 86.68722°W / 46.14528; -86.68722.[3]

A post office named Sturgeon River opened near the mouth of the river on July 23, 1891. The name was changed to St. Jacques on June 22, 1904. It closed on November 30, 1913, re-opened April 11, 1919, and was discontinued on July 31, 1955.[4]

Tributaries[edit]

(from the mouth)

  • (right) Bull Run[5]
    • Moss Lake[6]
      • Germaine Creek[7]
  • (left) Morman Creek[8]
  • (left) Moses Creek[9]
  • (right) Eighteenmile Creek[10]
  • (left) Little Black Creek[18]
  • (left) Black Creek[19]
  • (left) West Branch Sturgeon River[3]
  • (right) Camp R Creek[23]
  • Dam Lake[24]
    • (left) Little Aleck Lake[25]
    • (right) Wheelbarrow Lake[26]
      • Lake Twenty Five[27]
    • (left) Little Round Lake[28]
    • Sixteenmile Lake[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sturgeon River
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed December 19, 2011
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Sturgeon River (Delta County)
  4. ^ Joseph's (sic) Post Office (historical) U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sturgeon River (Delta County, Michigan)
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bull Run
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Moss Lake
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Germaine Creek
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Morman Creek
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Moses Creek
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Eighteenmile Creek
  11. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Johnson Creek
  12. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kenobo Lake
  13. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mink Creek
  14. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cache Lake
  15. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chicago Lake
  16. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Vista Lake
  17. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Back Lake
  18. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Black Creek
  19. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Black Creek
  20. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Branch Lake
  21. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Round Lake
  22. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Stella
  23. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camp R Creek
  24. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dam Lake
  25. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Aleck Lake
  26. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wheelbarrow Lake
  27. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Twenty Five
  28. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Round Lake
  29. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sixteenmile Lake