Introduction

Map of the Great Lakes with Lake Michigan Highlighted
  • Lake Michigan, the second largest Great Lake (by volume) and fifth largest lake in the world (by surface area), is a globally significant ecosystem. Stretching over 300 miles, it is the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States. Its shoreline boasts a variety of coastal habitats, including unique coastal wetlands, drowned river mouths, hundreds of smaller tributaries and more than 700 islands. The magnificent dunes along the eastern shore of the lake are the largest system of freshwater dunes in the world.

    Nearly half of the state of Michigan’s land area drains to Lake Michigan and a third of its population resides within the watershed.

    It is the responsibility of the Lake Michigan governments, organizations, industries, and citizens to come together and restore and protect “Michigami,” or “great water” in the words of the Ojibwa.

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