The Oconto River runs for about 57 miles after the confluence of its North and South branches at Suring. It is a tributary of Lake Michigan but must first drain into the Bay of Green Bay..
During - close to the Oconto's beginning
Here you see the town of Suring in the lower right. Just a bit to its northwest are the North and South Branches of the Oconto River and you can see where they merge into the Oconto River. The box highlights from where I took this photo of the Oconto, from Main St. Hwy 32 CH M. There's a neat old bridge still standing there as well, but it has been replaced by Main St.
Machichanee Flowage - Stiles
The Machichanee Flowage is about eight miles west of Oconto City and 11 miles west of the Bay of Green Bay. It is formed by the Oconto River and Stiles dam on the eastern end of the flowage.
This is a look at the Oconto River after she has exited the flowage and the dam, taken from Hwy 141.
I love rivers and the Great Lakes, so I was eager to see the Oconto River empty into the Bay of Green Bay. Oconto City has a nice setup for viewing this. Take Main Street east out of Oconto, it is CH Y, and then hook a right on Harbor Rd. which takes you to the marinas, the Dockside Oconto restaurant and tavern. Then there is the Splinter Causeway which takes you all the way out to the Bay of Green Bay. I had lunch at the Dockside accent and it was fabulous.
A look downstream the Oconto River before she meets Lake Michigan.
I simply did an about-face and took this photo of the Oconto River upstream heading toward the Bay.
This is a wonderful spot up river a bit more, across from the Dockside Oconto.
The Dockside Oconto, a great place to eat, drink and enjoy the view.
This was taken from the end of the causeway. You can see how narrow it is. That's the Oconto River looking upstream on the left, the Bay on the right.
And so, the Oconto has emptied into the Bay and that she is! The Bay that is!