Join us for an engaging online lecture about the history and importance of northern Michigan’s famous Inland Water Route. The presentation takes place on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm with members of the Inland Water Route Historical Society. The Inland Waterway is 38 miles long and includes Crooked Lake, Crooked River, Burt Lake, Indian River, Mullett Lake and the Cheboygan River.
The waterway was originally used by Native Americans to avoid the strong waves around Waugoshance Point on Lake Michigan and Anishnaabek settlements dating back 3,000 have been uncovered along the route’s shore. Later the waterway was utilized by lumbermen, commercial vessels, resorters and even mail boats. The rise and fall in popularity of the route directly impacted the communities along its banks including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Alanson, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan.