The waters of Lake Michigan hide fascinating wonders that most of us can only imagine. Here are some questions about Lake Michigan we all ask ourselves but often don’t look up. Get a cup of your favorite beverage and join us as we tackle a number of  interesting questions about Lake Michigan.

 

Does Lake Michigan ever completely freeze over?

No, it has not, but it does occasionally come close to a complete freeze. According to the National Weather Service and Environment Canada, the closest Lake Michigan come to frozen solid is about 90 to 95 percent. The record which dates back more than a century ago reported that during the cold and harsh winters of 1903-04, 1976-77, 1978-79 and 2013-14 Lake Michigan was almost completely frozen over. Other Great Lakes like Superior, Erie, and Huron have had their time under the ice but not Lake Michigan or Lake Ontario.

Jump to about 2 minutes into this video to see our favorite lake in a fairly frozen state:

 

How much water is in Lake Michigan?

Lake Michigan is 3rd largest lake of the Great Lakes and the 5th largest lake in on earth. At its deepest, the lake goes 923 feet deep and stretches 307 miles long with 118 miles at its widest point.  It contains as much as 1,180 cubic miles (4,918 km³) of water. How massive is Lake Michigan? Every second, over 320,000 gallons evaporate off the lake and receives at least 400,000 gallons of rain or snow.

 

Why is the water in Lake Michigan so blue and pristine?

Strong winds bring particular sediments to the surface giving Lake Michigan its famous clear blue waters. In fact, Lake Michigan attracts thousands of visitors because of how surreal it seems compared to other natural lakes around the country. The lake probably has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, too, because of how nice our water looks. Nevertheless, Lake Michigan water can be treacherous because of rip currents, proving once again that although our nature can be beautiful that doesn’t mean to not be safe.

 

Is Lake Michigan saltwater or freshwater?

The Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Erie – make up the the largest freshwater system on the planet. They account for more than one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet with more than 6 quadrillion gallons.

 

How clean is Lake Michigan? Is it safe to swim in it?

Anyone that’s been on the lake can’t doubt its cleanliness. Because of it’s clarity and purity, Lake Michigan is a popular swimming destination for locals and tourists alike.

 

How big are the waves on Lake Michigan?

Currently, Lake Michigan has small waves from the usually 1 to 2 feet. However, recent years shows that Saugatuck’s Oval Beach had 4-foot waves. The height of the waves is important to ensure safety on the beach. Lifeguards carefully monitor these waves as one of the swimming conditions for beachgoers. Lake Michigan has the most popular beaches in the country and hundreds of people would go here to take a dip in its refreshing water during the summer season.

Just for fun, though, check out these insane Lake Michigan waves from when Hurricane Sandy was nearby:

A bit of a reminder for beachgoers: pay attention to flags on the beach. A green flag means it’s a perfect day for a swim. A yellow flag means that it is still okay to swim and urge swimmers to use caution. But stay away from the beach whenever you see a red flag hoisted up.

And the next time you’re heading to Lake Michigan to spend some time around the clear blue water, make sure to show your state and lake pride with some of our cool Fresh Coast gear.

 

Donald Herrera Fairbairn

Michigan Fan. Writer Extraordinaire. Donald is a content writer and lover of life. On loan from MasterMind.

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