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Prairie River
Prairie River, Michigan.jpg
Country United States
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Templene
River mouth St. Joseph River at Three Rivers, Michigan
Length 54 miles (87 km)

The Prairie River is a small river that flows 54 miles (87 km) through Branch and St. Joseph counties in Michigan. The river rises at 41°48′20″N 85°00′54″W / 41.80556°N 85.01500°W / 41.80556; -85.01500 in northern Kinderhook Township in Branch County, and flows west-northwest into the St. Joseph River at 41°54′45″N 85°38′21″W / 41.91250°N 85.63917°W / 41.91250; -85.63917 just south of the city of Three Rivers, Michigan.

Drainage basin

The Prairie River drains all or portions of the following:


(from the mouth)

  • (right) Spring Creek
    • Nottawa Ditch
    • Colon Ditch
      • Washburn Lake
    • Beaver Drain
      • Beaver Lake
  • Lake Templene is formed by an impoundment on the river
  • (right) outflow from Bryant Lake
  • (left) outflow from Perrin Lake
  • Prairie River Lake, a natural lake on the river
  • (left) outflow from Fish Lake
    • outflow from Hawkins Lake
      • outflow from Eight Foot Lake
        • outflow from Grey Lake
          • outflow from Omena Lake
  • (left) Stewart Lake Drain
    • Stewart Lake
  • (left) outflow from Lake Pleasant
    • outflow from Lake Michiana (Hog Lake)
  • (left) outflow from Dragon Lake,
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