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Lone Lake - Ocqueoc River Watershed


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Michigan’s beautiful natural landscapes enrich our lives, but perhaps no landscape is more breathtaking than our coastal areas. Michigan has approximately 3,921 miles of Great Lakes shoreline – more coast than any other continental U.S. state. The Lone Lake-Ocqueoc River Watershed covers 824 square miles (527,373.3 acres) of Lake Huron coastline.

The Lone Lake Watershed is a transition zone between terrestrial and lake ecosystems. This zone is characterized by numerous small streams and watersheds that flow directly into Lake Huron. Although each of these component watersheds is relatively small, these streams provide important spawning habitat for Lake Huron fishes, and the wetland areas provide habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife species.

The coastal ecosystem not only serves as a vital transition area between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, but also provides critical habitat for many wildlife, fish and plant species. Coastal features such as wetlands and dunes are extremely fragile and can easily be impacted by land use activities and invasive species, such as phragmites. These areas require special attention because they provide habitat for unique species, buffer shorelines from erosion and are sensitive to alterations.

Ocqueoc” is a Native American word meaning “crooked waters.” One look at the twisty, turning course of the river confirms that the Ocqueoc River was aptly named. The Ocqueoc River Watershed is located upon an area of limestone bedrock, leading to its karst topography characterized by sinkholes and the “undergrounds,” where a tributary disappears and remerges several hundred feet downstream. The Ocqueoc River is also known for having the largest waterfall in the Lower Peninsula. Ocqueoc Falls, with about a five-foot drop, is a very popular tourist attraction.

The headwaters portion of the Ocqueoc River Watershed contains expanses of wetlands and small lakes, many of which have been flooded by manmade impoundments. This area of the watershed is dominated by cedar, tamarack, balsam, poplar, aspen and black ash trees and supports a warm-water fishery with sunfish, bass and northern pike. After leaving the “chain of lakes,” the main branch of the Ocqueoc flows through Millersburg, then continues on over Ocqueoc Falls. The stone outcroppings here are a rare feature in northern Michigan. After passing the falls, the Ocqueoc is joined by cold-water tributaries Little Ocqueoc and Silver Creek, which cool the Ocqueoc’s temperature and allow it to support salmon, steelhead and trout fisheries.

Groups That Work in the Watershed


Lone Lake-Ocqueoc River Sub-Watersheds

  • Bell River-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Black Lake
  • Black Mallard River-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Black River
  • Butterfield Creek-Lower South Branch Thunder Bay River
  • Carp Lake River
  • Cold Creek-Rainy River
  • Cranberry Creek-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Drum Lake-Ocqueoc River
  • East Branch Pine River
  • East Branch Rainy River-Rainy River
  • Erskine Creek-North Branch Thunder Bay River
  • Fall Creek-Thunder Bay River
  • French Farm Creek-Frontal Trails End Bay
  • Grand Lake Outlet-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Grass Creek-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Greene Creek-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Hubbard Lake-Lower South Branch Thunder Bay River
  • Indian Creek-Ocqueoc River
  • King Creek-Lower South Branch Thunder Bay River
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Winyah-Thunder Bay River
  • Little Black River
  • Little Ocqueoc River
  • Little Trout River
  • Long Lake Creek-North Branch Thunder Bay River
  • Lost Lake-North Branch Thunder Bay River
  • Mill Creek-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Monaghan Creek
  • North Branch Black River
  • North Branch Devils River
  • Ocqueoc Lake-Ocqueoc River
  • Quinn Creek
  • Rainy Lake-Rainy River
  • Schmidt Creek-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Section Seven Creek-Black River
  • Silver Creek
  • Simmons Creek-Lower South Branch Thunder Bay River
  • South Branch Devils River
  • State Ditch-Au Sable River
  • Sucker Creek
  • Sunken Lake-North Branch
  • Thunder Bay River
  • Swan Lake-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Tannery Gully-Cheboygan River
  • Trout River
  • Upper Barnhart Lake-Ocqueoc River
  • Van Etten Creek
  • Van Etten Creek-Frontal Lake Huron
  • Van Etten Lake-Pine River

Lakes Greater Than 20 Acres

  • Big Trout Lake
  • Black Mallard Lake
  • Bullhead Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Clinton Lake
  • Devils Lake
  • Dingham Marsh
  • Drum Lake
  • Duck Lake
  • Elbow Lake
  • Fitzgerald Lake
  • Flooding
  • Gifford Lake
  • Grand Lake
  • Grass Lake
  • Kelsey Lake
  • Klees Pond
  • Lake Ann
  • Lake Augusta
  • Lake Ella
  • Lake Emma
  • Lake Esau
  • Lake Ferdelman
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake May
  • Lake Nettie
  • Lake Nettle
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Lake Sixteen
  • Little Lake
  • Little Trout Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Lotus Lake
  • Lower Barnhart Lake
  • Malony Lake
  • Middle Lake
  • Millikin Lake
  • Mindack Lake
  • Mud Lake
  • Mud Lake
  • Muskrat Farm Lake
  • Ocqueoc Lake
  • Orchard Lake
  • Penny Lake
  • Ribble Lake
  • Sportsmen Lake
  • Swan Lake
  • Twin Lake
  • Upper Barnhart Lake

Surface Area of Lakes Greater Than 20 Acres

18862.7 Acres

Source: Huron Pines, NEMCOG & EPA

Last updated on Monday, August 31, 2015

Watershed Facts


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Black River
Presque Isle
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Presque Isle

Recreation Areas

Au Sable State Forest

Harrisville State Park

Huron National Forest

Mackinaw State Forest

Negwegon State Park

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway

Thompsons Harbor State Park

Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area

Major Tributaries

Indian Creek
Little Ocqueoc River
North Branch Black River
Silver Creek
South Branch Black River

Watersheds Upstream

Thunder Bay

Watersheds Downstream

Au Gres-Rifle

Road/Stream Crossings

Northeast Michigan Council of Governments
80 Livingston Blvd. | PO Box 457
Gaylord, MI  49734
(989) 705-3730 | nemcog.org

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