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Lakeshore basin

Description

About the basin

The Lakeshore basin is a water-rich area sprinkled with an assortment of inland lakes, major rivers and small streams and bounded by the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The basin completely encompasses the counties of Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc and parts of Brown and Calumet counties.

The area was sculpted by glaciers and is dominated by the Niagara limestone formation, which underlies most of the basin, but projects above ground prominently as the Niagara Escarpment, visible throughout much of Door County. Tourism, manufacturing and agriculture dominate the economy. The basin's blend of picturesque open land and abundant water combined with seemingly limitless recreational opportunities are increasingly in demand. However, the close proximity of this area to large urban centers is putting enormous stress on natural resources. The challenge for all of us is to satisfy people's needs without destroying the abundant but fragile natural resources that make the basin so attractive to so many people.

Summary flyer on the Lakeshore basin (2001) [PDF]

For more information on the Lakeshore basin contact Kelley O'Connor

UW Extension partner site [exit DNR]

Watersheds, waters

Twin Door Kewaunee watersheds, Water detail
Watershed name/view details Watershed size Lists (Streams, lakes, bays & harbors) Counties Water management unit (WMU) Major drainage system
Ahnapee River 135.58 mi 2 TK04 Water lists Door, Kewaunee Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
East Twin River 183.58 mi 2 TK02 Water lists Kewaunee, Manitowoc Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
Kewaunee River 142.12 mi 2 TK03 Water lists Door, Kewaunee, Brown Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
Red River and Sturgeon Bay 139.16 mi 2 TK07 Water lists Door, Kewaunee, Brown Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
Stony Creek 54 mi 2 TK05 Water lists Door, Kewaunee Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
Upper Door County 287.02 mi 2 TK06 Water lists Door, Marinette Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
West Twin River 180.11 mi 2 TK01 Water lists Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Brown Twin - Door - Kewaunee Lake Michigan
Manitowoc watersheds, Water detail
Watershed name/view details Watershed size Lists (Streams, lakes, bays & harbors) Counties Water management unit (WMU) Major drainage system
Branch River 108.49 mi 2 MA03 Water lists Manitowoc, Brown Manitowoc Lake Michigan
Lower Manitowoc River 168.33 mi 2 MA02 Water lists Manitowoc, Brown, Calumet Manitowoc Lake Michigan
North branch Manitowoc River 76.97 mi 2 MA04 Water lists Manitowoc, Calumet Manitowoc Lake Michigan
Sevenmile and Silver Creeks 112.9 mi 2 MA01 Water lists Manitowoc, Sheboygan Manitowoc Lake Michigan
South branch Manitowoc River 189.1 mi 2 MA05 Water lists Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Calumet Manitowoc Lake Michigan

More information

Contact Kelley O'Connor, watershed Supervisor, for more information.

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Last revised: Wednesday February 17 2016