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Bad River
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The Bad River in St. Charles
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Gratiot, Saginaw
Physical characteristics
Main source Newark Township
43°14′29″N 84°38′23″W / 43.24142°N 84.63972°W / 43.24142; -84.63972
River mouth Shiawassee River
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
43°19′25″N 84°05′22″W / 43.32363°N 84.08942°W / 43.32363; -84.08942
Length 44.3 mi (71.3 km)

The Bad River is a 44.3-mile-long (71.3 km) river in Michigan. It rises in Newark Township near the city of Ithaca in Gratiot County and flows in a north-easterly direction into Saginaw County, and through the village of St. Charles, before emptying into the Shiawassee River within the bounds of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

The river and its tributaries have a total combined length of 175 miles (282 km); most of it channelized. Land use within the surrounding watershed is 86.5 percent agricultural; as a result, the river system has been adversely impacted by sedimentation.

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