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Indian River in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Inland Waterway

 
 
Inland Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 6, 2010
1. Inland Waterway Marker
Inscription.  The glaciers of the last Ice Age retreated to the north some 25,000 years ago, leaving behind the lakes that rank as Michigan's most notable geographical feature. Among the state's largest inland lakes is Burt Lake, named after William A. Burt, who, together with John Mullett, made a federal survey of the area from 1840 to 1843. By following the Cheboygan River, Mullett Lake, and Indian River to Burt Lake, Indians and fur traders had only a short portage to Little Traverse Bay. Thus they avoided the trip through the Straits. Completion of a lock on the Cheboygan in 1869 opened this inland waterway to the Cheboygan Slack Water Navigation Company, whose vessels carried passengers and freight until railroads put it out of business. Day-long excursions over these waters became popular with tourists.
 
Erected 1957 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 127.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location.
Inland Waterway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 6, 2010
2. Inland Waterway Marker
Burt Lake can be seen in the background.
45° 24.153′ N, 84° 37.666′ W. Marker is in Indian River, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from State Road 0.4 miles west of Michigan Highway 68. This marker is in Burt Lake State Park. The marker can be seen from the day-use parking lot in the park and is between the parking lot and Burt Lake. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indian River MI 49749, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W. W. Fairbairn (approx. 8.3 miles away); Michigan Central Depot (approx. 9 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad (approx. 9.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.9 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
Burt Lake State Park sign image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 6, 2010
3. Burt Lake State Park sign
Sign at entrance to Burt Lake State Park on M-68.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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