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The Great Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. The Great Lakes of North America also includes Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and Lake Superior. Lake Michigan is the only one of the five Great Lakes that is located entirely in the United States. The other lakes are shared between the United States and Canada. Its name -and everything else that shares the name of “Michigan”- is from the Ojibwa Native American word “mishigami” which means large lake.

And Lake Michigan certainly lives up to its name. It is the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume, with Lake Superior being the largest. Its water volume is an astounding 1,180 cubic miles. When measured by surface area, it is 22,404 square miles. This makes it the third largest among the five Great Lakes. In comparison, the lake is nearly as large as the state of West Virginia.


What States Border Lake Michigan?

Lake Michigan is entirely within the United States borders in a part of the country referred to as the American Midwest. Lake Michigan is shared by the 4 states – Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. There are major ports and beaches all around the lake in each of these states.



Lake Michigan is located at the east side of Wisconsin. The cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay have ports on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are popular lakeside beaches in Wisconsin. Some of these beaches are located in Racine, Sheboygan, and Two Rivers. Other cities that reach Lake Michigan in Wisconsin are Algoma, Cudahy, Fox Point, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Mequon, Oconto, Port Washington, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Sturgeon Bay, and Whitefish Bay.



Lake Michigan is located at the north-east side of Illinois. The city of Chicago has a port on the shore of Lake Michigan. Chicago also has beaches along the lake’s shoreline. The Illinois Beach State Park in Zion is also located on the lake’s shores. The cities of Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, North Chicago, Waukegan, Wilmette, and Winnetka reaches the shores of Lake Michigan as well.



At the north-west corner of Indiana, you will find Lake Michigan. The city of Gary has a port on the shore of the lake. Indiana Dunes is a popular vacation spot for those who like to relax on the shores of Lake Michigan. Other cities that reach Lake Michigan in Indiana are East Chicago, Hammond, Michigan City, Portage, Porter, and Whiting.



Lake Michigan can be found on the west side of the state of Michigan. Muskegon has a port on its shores. There are plenty of beach towns along the shores of Lake Michigan found within the state. These beach towns include Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck-Douglas, South Haven, and St. Joseph-Benton Harbor. Cities found on the shores of Lake Michigan also include Bridgman, Charlevoix, Douglas, Elberta, Escanaba, Ferrysburg, Frankfort, Gladstone, Glenn, Grand Beach, Harbor Springs, Ludington, Mackinaw City, Manistee, Manistique, Menominee, Michiana, New Buffalo, Norton Shores, Pentwater, Petoskey, Saugatuck, Shoreham, and Traverse City.

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