Hydrologic Unit Code: 04060103
The Manistee River Watershed covers 1,906 square miles, with less than a half mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. The watershed has just over 15 square miles of inland lakes, 833 miles of waterways of which 93% of these waterways have been assessed. Between 1996 and 2001, there have been slight increased in developed land, and wetland, and slight decreases in cultivated land, grassland, and forest.
Fed by groundwater as its main source of hydrology, the Manistee River is one of the most stable, high-quality, coldwater streams in the country and has been designated as a natural river.
There are three waterways that have been TMDL listed. Two are listed for one contaminant and one is listed for three contaminants. Excessive sediment is the primary concern in the watershed affecting fish production, channel morphology, and aquatic invertebrates. The primary sources are from erosion from degraded streambanks and poorly designed stream crossings.
The Nature Conservancy has identified two critical ecological resources in the watershed. The Little Manistee River has Great Lakes Leatherleaf Intermittent Wetland, and the Lower Manistee River has Great Lakes Hemlock – Beech – Hardwood Forest. The Eastern Massasauga has also been found on the Manistee River.
Watershed restoration work on the Manistee River is carried out by a diverse group of partners organized as members of the Upper Manistee River Restoration Committee. The committee is administered by Huron Pines RC&D and has actively worked on stabilizing streambanks, restoring access sites, and creating aquatic habitat. Streambanks and road/stream crossings within the Bear Creek Watershed have been targeted for repair.
In addition to the Upper Manistee River Restoration Committee’s efforts, The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians received one of the first 20 national watershed grants to support their efforts to restore and monitor the water quality of the Manistee River. They have also received a 319 grant to address four failing road stream crossings, improve access to the water’s edge, and reclaim a lake sturgeon spawning ground.
- Upper Manistee River Association
- Conservation Resource Alliance – www.rivercare.org
- Little River Band or Ottawa Indians – www.itcmi.org/thehistorytribal7.html
- Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council – www.huronpines.org
- Northwest Michigan Council of Governments – www.nwm.org
- Little Manistee Watershed Conservation Council – www.lmwcc.org
For more information, see the USEPA “Surf Your Watershed” website at http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/huc.cfm?huc_code=04060103 or contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment at 517-335-6969 to request a copy of the following reports:
- MI/DEQ/WD-04/031 “A Biological Survey of the Lower Manistee River and Selected Tributaries in the Counties of Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, and Kalkaska, June 6-August 17, 1999”
- MI/DEQ/WD-04/017 “A Biological Survey of the Upper Manistee River and Selected Tributaries, Crawford County and Kalkaska County, August 17 – September 2, 1999”
Additional information is available at Michigan State University's Institute for Water Research's Digital Watershed Tool at: http://188.8.131.52/scripts/esrimap.dll?name=watermap&cmd=WFPage&huc=04060103. This site has interactive watershed-based information on industrial facilities discharge sites, toxic release inventory, permit compliance system, water quality stations, bacteria stations, national sediment inventory stations, best management practices, water quality observation stations, weather data stations, impaired waters (reach and area), landcover change (1992-2001), landuse 2001, soil, and elevation.
Watershed Management Plans
- Little Manistee River – Conservation Resource Alliance
- Manistee River – Conservation Resource Alliance
Watershed Data and Information
USGS Water Resources Links for: 04060103 - Manistee
USGS State Information and Contacts:
Current Water Data:
- NWIS Real-time Streamflow Stations Grouped by County in Manistee - HUC 04060103
- NWIS Real-time Groundwater Sites Grouped by County in Manistee - HUC 04060103
- NWIS Real-time Water Quality Samples Grouped by County in Manistee - HUC 04060103
All Water Data (Current and Historic Sites):
- National Water Information System: Mapper
- NWIS Site Inventory Grouped by County in Manistee - HUC 04060103
- NWIS Water Quality Samples Grouped by County in Manistee - HUC 04060103
- NWIS Groundwater Inventory Levels Grouped by County in Manistee - HUC 04060103
Other Data Links:
- USGS GIS Spatial Data Sets Available on the WRD NSDI Node
- Water Use In The United States
- Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS Data) for the Manistee - HUC 04060103
Current Regional/National Conditions:
- USGS Drought Watch - U.S Map of Drought and Low Flow Conditions
- USGS WaterWatch - Real-time Streamflow Map for the Great Lakes Region- HUC 04
- USGS WaterWatch - Real-time Floods and High Flow Conditions Map for the Great Lakes Region - HUC 04
Search USGS for Links, Publications and Web Sites Associated with:
- Manistee - HUC 04060103
- Northeastern Lake Michigan - HUC 040601
- Northeastern Lake Michigan-Lake Michigan - HUC 0406
- Great Lakes - HUC 04
EPA Links for the Manistee - HUC 04060103:
- EPA - Impaired Waters for the Manistee - HUC 04060103
- EPA - Storet Watershed Station Summary for the Manistee - HUC 04060103
- EPA - Surf Your Watershed for the Manistee for HUC 04060103
- EPA - Adopt Your Watershed for the Manistee HUC 04060103
- EPA - EnviroMapper for the Manistee HUC 04060103
Impaired (303d) Waters
A listing of impaired waters can be found on the U.S. EPA website at: http://iaspub.epa.gov/tmdl_waters10/huc_rept.control?p_huc=04060103&p_huc_desc=Manistee River