Huron River (East Branch)

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A small but almost completely unspoiled stream. Watershed is 99 percent wooded. Very little human disturbance. Fishing opportunity is very good. Canoeing opportunity poor. Proposed for study by state for its Natural Rivers System.

The Big Huron River and the Little Huron River both flow mostly north near one another in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The east and west branches of the Big Huron arise in L’Anse Township in western Baraga County near the boundary with Marquette County. The east branch runs through a corner of Marquette County before flowing back into Baraga County. The east and west branches merge in Arvon Township shortly before flowing into Lake Superior in the northwest corner of Marquette county at the west end of the Huron Mountains and a few miles east of Huron Bay. The Little Huron River flows entirely within Powell Township in northwest Marquette County. It arises in the west end of the Huron Mountains and flows into Lake Superior about one mile (1.6 km) east of the mouth of the Big Huron and about four miles (6 km) south of the Huron National Wildlife Refuge. Somewhat confusingly, this is about four miles (6 km) west of Huron River Point on Lake Superior.

The Huron River is a 7.6-mile-long (12.2 km) river in the northern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the United States. Locally, it is commonly called the Big Huron River to distinguish it from the nearby Little Huron River. Another much larger Huron River is in Southeast Michigan.

The east and west branches of the Big Huron rise in L’Anse Township in eastern Baraga County, southeast of Mount Arvon, near the boundary with Marquette County. The East Branch runs through a corner of Marquette County before flowing back into Baraga County. The east and west branches merge in Arvon Township shortly before flowing into Lake Superior a few miles east of Huron Bay.

The Huron River is known for its natural beauty and for rugged recreational uses. It is almost completely unmodified and undeveloped by humans. It flows almost entirely through woodlands and includes a large number of picturesque low waterfalls and rapids. The National Park Service ranks it highly in its Nationwide Rivers Inventory for scenery and geology.

The river is highly regarded for its sport fishing, especially for steelhead trout. Camping and canoeing are also popular, though both are considered difficult due to a lack of supporting facilities.

Scenic waterfalls

The following is a partial list of waterfalls along the Huron River and its branches, generally listed in order heading upstream.

Huron River, mainstream

  • Lower Huron Falls (Big Erick’s Falls)

Huron River East Branch

  • East Branch Falls
  • Big Falls

Huron River West Branch

  • West Branch Falls
  • Lower Letherby Falls
  • Leatherby Falls
  • Upper Leatherby Falls

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