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Little Traverse Bay Watershed

At approximately 45 square miles, Little Traverse Bay is Lake Michigan's fourth largest bay. The land area of the Bay's watershed is approximately 174 square miles. The Little Traverse Bay Watershed receives water from both precipitation and Lake Michigan via dynamic mixing currents, while tributaries are the primary conduits for water from throughout the Watershed. Little Traverse Bay's main tributaries are the Bear River (which includes Haymarsh Creek and Spring Brook), and Tannery and Five-Mile Creeks. There are also many small, unnamed tributaries that discharge to Little Traverse Bay. The Little Traverse Bay shoreline is also diverse, containing a large recurve sand spit known as Harbor Point, miles of dune and sand beach ecosystems, cobble beach, and exposed limestone bedrock.

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This page last updated on 11/4/2019.