Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week, June 5-13, 2021

Make an Impact

Make an Impact

  • River clean-up with the Clinton River Watershed Council; two men sitting in a canoe in a river with trash from the river aboard Find an Event and Connect With Water

    Whether it's a clean-up project or picking up a rain barrel, there are many ways to connect with efforts that benefit Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams, such as this recent river clean-up with the Clinton River Watershed Council.

  • Sunshine sparkling on the surface of a stream with large grey rocks in it Learn How EGLE Protects Water

    The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) ensures that Michigan's water resources are protected and remain clean and abundant.

  • people playing on the beach Adopt-a-Beach

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

  • A woman smiling and holding a large fish while on a boat on a lake Free Fishing Weekend

    Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan's premiere outdoor activities, Michigan fishing, for FREE!

  • Household Drug Take Back Map graphic Safely dispose of old medications

    Proper drug disposal is important because it helps protect human health and our environment.

  • A dense mat of european frog-bit floating on the surface of a pond, with a few white flowers. Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

    Michigan's natural areas are under threat from invasive species. You can help protect our land and water resources.

  • Two MiCorps volunteers standing knee-deep in the Chippewa River looking at a net Volunteer with MiCorps

    The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer water quality monitoring programs in Michigan.

  • WS LTU porous pavers w Carpenter 2017 Michigan Water School

    Local officials can increase their knowledge about water management and access tools and resources for sound decision making regarding water resources.

Recreate Responsibly with Water Tips

Tips to Recreate Responsibly with Water

Tips to Recreate Responsibly with Water

  • Michigan is home to 11,000 inland lakes, tens of thousands of rivers and streams, and 3,200 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that provide many opportunities for water recreation activities. Before you go out and enjoy the water, make sure that you are prepared to recreate responsibly.

Celebrate Michigan Waterways

From Students to Stewards

Great Lakes and Fresh Water Facts

Facts about Great Lakes and Fresh Water

    • 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 3,200 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.