6 Fun Facts About Michigan’s Great Lakes

Michigan is surrounded by The Great Lakes. As a result, Michigan’s weather is significantly impacted by the Great Lakes. And as a result, the lakes create favorable environments for growing agricultural products such as blueberries, cherries, and grapes for juices and wines. The lakes also create beautiful beaches and fun times for Michiganders.


FACT 1: Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area and the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.

FACT 2: Only one of the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan) is located entirely in the United States.

FACT 3: The lakes contain more than 35,000 islands.

FACT 4: The largest fish (Lake sturgeon) in the lakes can weigh over 200 pounds. Fishing is a celebrated pastime on the Great Lakes, as they are one of the largest fresh water fisheries in the world.

FACT 5: All of the four other Great Lakes, plus three more lakes the size of Lake Erie, would fit inside of Lake Superior. 

FACT 6: Lake Superior contains 3 quadrillion gallons of water (3,000,000,000,000,000!!!). All five of the Great Lakes combined contain 6 quadrillion gallons.

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