21 Facts About Lake Michigan

1. Lake Michigan is part of the Great Lakes–St Lawrence Seaway and, thus, handles international commerce.

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2. Lake Michigan forms a great link through its waterway system.

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3. Lake Michigan is the 5th largest lake in the world.

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4. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes in North America.

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5. Lake Michigan was the location of the first recorded "Big Great Lakes disaster", in which a steamer carrying 600 people collided with a schooner delivering timber to Chicago.

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6. Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is entirely within the borders of the United States.

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7. Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the only Great Lake located entirely in the United States.

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8. Lake Michigan was formed during the last Ice Age as glaciers advanced and then retreated across the region, creating large glacial lakes.

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9. Lake Michigan is home to a variety of species of fish and other organisms.

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10. Lake Michigan forms a link in a waterway system that reaches east to the Atlantic Ocean through the St Lawrence Seaway and south through the Chicago River locks, to the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico.

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11. Lake Michigan is the second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume.

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12. Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area and the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.

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13. Lake Michigan began testing the Air Force base for PFAS and related chemicals in 2010.

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14. Lake Michigan is stocked annually with steelhead, brown trout, and coho and chinook salmon, which have begun natural reproduction in some Lake Michigan tributaries.

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15. Lake Michigan is home to a wide variety of fish species and other organisms.

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16. Lake Michigan beaches in Northern Michigan are the only place in the world, aside from a few inland lakes in that region, where one can find Petoskey stones, the state stone.

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17. Lake Michigan is the sole Great Lake wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada.

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18. Lake Michigan is joined via the narrow, open-water Straits of Mackinac with Lake Huron, and the combined body of water is sometimes called Michigan–Huron.

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19. The word "Lake Michigan" originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwe word michi-gami meaning "great water".

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20. Lake Michigan is shared, from west to east, by the US states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

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21. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States.

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