• Cheboygan River

    Cheboygan River, Michigan, USA .

    The Cheboygan River (/ʃɛˈbɔɪɡən/ shi-BOY-gən) is a short but significant river in the Lake Huron drainage basin of the U.S. state of Michigan.

    Seven miles (11.3 km) in length, the Cheboygan River flows from the north end of Mullett Lake at 45°34′37″N 84°29′16″W to the Straits of Mackinac at 45°39′22″N 84°27′55″W. The river forms the boundary between Benton Township and Inverness Township before flowing into the city of Cheboygan. The largest tributary is the Black River. The Cheboygan River is entirely contained within Michigan's Cheboygan County, and the county seat of Cheboygan is located at the river's mouth. The river forms the port of Cheboygan and serves as a dock for the ferry boat to Bois Blanc Island and the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw.

    Cheboygan was founded as a lumbering town to cut timbers harvested from the Cheboygan River's drainage and floated down to mills (now mostly vanished) at the mouth of the river. Today, one of the biggest industries of the town and river of Cheboygan is pleasure boating up and down the river. The river is a key artery of the Inland Waterway, a pleasure-boat necklace of waterways in the northern section of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

    The river is the namesake for the city and county. "Cheboygan" is pronounced the same as "Sheboygan" (a city in Wisconsin).

  • Crooked River (Michigan)

    Crooked River, Burt Township, Michigan, USA .

    The Crooked River (Michigan) is a river in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a short stream, 5.6 miles (9.0 km) long, flowing northeast from Crooked Lake at 45°25′58″N 84°47′19″W near Alanson into Burt Lake at 45°28′14″N 84°43′38″W. It forms part of the Inland Waterway of Michigan. The river is the subject of the Sufjan Stevens song "Alanson, Crooked River" from his 2003 album Michigan.

  • Burt Lake

    Burt Lake, Michigan, USA .

    Burt Lake is a 17,120 acre (69 km²) lake in Cheboygan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The western shore of the lake is on the boundary with Emmet County. The lake is named after William Austin Burt, who, together with John Mullett, made a federal survey of the area from 1840 to 1843.

    The lake is approximately 10 miles (16 km) long from north to south, about 5 miles (8 km) at its widest, and 73 feet (22 m) at its deepest. Major inflows to the lake are the Maple River, which connects with nearby Douglas Lake, the Crooked River, which connects with nearby Crooked Lake, and the Sturgeon River which enters the lake near the point where the Indian River flows out of the lake into nearby Mullett Lake.

    The lake is part of the Inland Waterway, by which one can boat from Crooked Lake several miles (km) east of Petoskey on the Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan across the northern tip of the lower peninsula's so-called mitten to Cheboygan on Lake Huron. Along with nearby Mullett Lake and Black Lake, it is noted for its population of Lake Sturgeon, which briefly held the record of largest sturgeon caught in the USA.

    YMCA Camp Al-Gon-Quian and Burt Lake State Park are both located on the southern shore of the lake. The unincorporated community of Burt Lake is on the southwest shore on M-68. Interstate 75 passes to the east of the lake, with two interchanges near the south end of the lake at the unincorporated community of Indian River.