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The Dynamic Great Lakes

Lake Michigan is a part of the Dynamic Great Lakes.

Not only can you enjoy Chicago’s 26 miles of open and free lakefront as part of the Midwest.

But you also have the option to indulge yourself in enjoying all that the Midwest Lakes and it’s surrounding areas, and islands have to offer.

Whether it’s in the summer or winter it’s a lake for all seasons.

Aerial view of Chicago (© iStockphoto.com/SOMATUSCANI)

Let’s start with a little history of one of the Biggest Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.

Twelve million people live along Lake Michigan’s shores, mainly in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and it’s the third largest Great Lake by surface area which is 22,400 square miles.

It’s also the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.

It’s 307 miles long and 118 miles wide with 1,660 miles of shoreline consisting largely of sand and pebble beaches.

It averages 279 feet deep and reaches 925 feet at its deepest part.

Lake Michigan is surrounded by Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.

Michigan City, Gary, Chicago, Racine, Milwaukee, and Escanaba are the major lakeside cities.

Visitors and Chicagoans takes advantage not just only of what Chicago has to offer but the unique islands and recreational opportunities offered off other states by Lake Michigan.

Many islands are found in the northern part of the lake, such as Mackinac Island.

Lake Michigan has the world’s largest freshwater dunes that line the lake shore.

These sand dunes border the eastern and southern shores of the lake.

Millions of people visit the dunes and beaches at state and national parks, and lake shores every year.

The Straits of Mackinac is a strip of water that connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Since Lake Michigan is joined to Lake Huron at the Straits of Mackinac, they are considered one lake hydraulically.

Diving for Lake Michigan Shipwrecks is a growing Great Lakes sport, thanks to many underwater preserves and parks throughout the lakes.

It’s been reported that more than 300 ships have been lost to massive storms off Lake Superior’s Whitefish Point, which is known to sailors as the “graveyard of the Great Lakes.”

There are many adventures that these lakes have to offer. Safety is a plus when enjoying all your interests as you venture out on the Dynamic Great Lakes.

References: Great Lakes Atlas, Environment Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1995