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Kalamazoo River Valley Region


Kalamazoo River

The word, Kalamazoo, comes from the Pottawatomie Indian word for boiling or sparkling water.  The sparking water describes the image of the ripples in the river.

About the Area

The Kalamazoo River was created 25,000 years ago and runs 166 miles, and flows directly into Lake Michigan. The river's watershed covers much of Southwestern Michigan, flowing from the central counties of Jackson and Hillsdale, to the coastal county of Allegan. Its watershed drains eight counties including: Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Hillsdale, Kent and Ottawa.

Source: The Great Lakes Wiki.

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