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Reconnaissance of the Manistee River, a cold-water river in the northwestern part of Michigan's southern peninsula, 1972

By: Hendrickson, G.E., and Doonan, C.J.

Abstract

The Manistee River is one of Michiganís well-known trout streams because of its numerous public access sites and campgrounds. The recreational values of the Manistee depend on its characteristics of streamflow, water quality, and bed and banks. This atlas describes these characteristics and shows how they relate to recreational use. The Manistee river basin above Smithville drains an area of about 500 square miles. More than half of this area is outwash plains underlain by permeable soils and glacial drift. The rest of the basin is chiefly rolling to hilly, topography characteristic of glacial moraines. The large component of groundwater flow makes the Manistee a stable stream with relatively small fluctuations in discharge and stage. The average monthly discharge in cfsm at the grayling gage ranges from 1.37 in April to 1.07 in august. This is the smallest variation in monthly discharge recorded for any stream in Michiganís southern peninsula. The water is of the calcium-bicarbonate type, moderately hard, and low in sulfates and chlorides. (WOODARD-USGS)

RECORD ID: 7310985

F&G CODE: 07c; 02e; 02k

Publication
Hendrickson, G.E., and Doonan, C.J., 1972 ,Reconnaissance of the Manistee River, a cold-water river in the northwestern part of Michigan's southern peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Investigations Atlas 346, 2 sheets, scale 1:62,500.

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