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2018-06-13 / Features

What's in a Name?


Manistique, lakes and city, were named for the Manistique River. Originally written as Monistique, the name is a French "translation" of an Ojibwa word (onamanitikong according to a 1918 article in Michigan History Magazine). It means "vermillion river" and refers to the roots that grew in the river and were used to make a red pigment.

South Manistique Lake was nearly always referred to in early, colloquial records, as Whitefish Lake it used to contain whitefish). North Manistique Lake is still called Round Lake by locals, for obvious reasons.

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