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  • In 2020, Michigan will Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week June 6-14. Yes, we know it’s not a standard week, but we love the Great Lakes so much that it just couldn’t be contained in 7 days!

    Will you land a trout during Free Fishing Weekend, stroll the river walk at Sturgeon Festival, paddle along a water trail, or join an Adopt-a-Beach team for a local cleanup?

    Our abundant waters are essential to Michigan’s environmental health, economic vitality and unique freshwater heritage. Everyone can enjoy them, and everyone has a role to play in keeping them healthy. 

    Share photos and stories about our Great Lakes on social media with #MiGreatLakesWeek.

Ways to Celebrate

  • Adopt-a-Beach

    Help protect the Great Lakes - Join an Adopt-a-Beach event or start your own!

  • Free Fishing Weekend

    Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy Michigan fishing, for FREE!

  • Free Fishing Weekend

    Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy Michigan fishing for FREE!

Great Lakes and Fresh Water Facts

    • The Great Lakes hold about 20 percent of the world’s available freshwater.

    • In Michigan, you are never more than 6 miles away from a lake – and we have more than 11,000!

    • Michigan has more than 3,000 miles of coastline.

    • Our state is home to the world’s largest freshwater dune system.

    • 660,000 Michigan jobs are directly linked to the Great Lakes.