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  • In 2019, Michigan celebrates Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week June 1-9. 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. See how we can all work to protect our waters at

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

How to Celebrate

  • Help Guard the Sturgeon

    The Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow is seeking volunteers to join in its effort, in partnership with the Michigan DNR, to help protect lake sturgeon from illegal harvest.

  • Blue Water Sturgeon Festival

    Sturgeon Festival is a family-friendly event providing close encounters with the “Giants of the Great Lakes.”

  • Adopt-a-Beach

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

  • Great Lakes Twitter Chat

    Join EGLE for an interactive Twitter Chat celebrating the Great Lakes! Follow along with the @EGLEGreatLakes account June 6 from 12pm-1pm with the hashtag #GreatLakesChat. 

  • CRWC River Day

    Enhance and celebrate the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair! Family-friendly activities include nature hikes, canoe trips, fishing derbies, fly fishing lessons, storm drain stenciling, river clean-ups, ...

  • 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 that 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.


    Print out our fun Great Lakes Word Search for kids!