The Macatawa River
, also known as the Black River
, is located in the lower part of Ottawa County, Michigan
, which drains into Lake Macatawa
and eventually into Lake Michigan
The name Macatawa is a corruption of the Native American "Muck-i-ta-wog-go-me", which means "black water. The region was inhabited by Ottawas, Chippewas and Potawatomie tribes.
This small river is the site of the annual tug-of-war by Hope College students called The Pull.