Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan
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Lake Michigan is o­ne of the five Great Lakes of North America. Its beautiful 1,640 mile shoreline borders four US states including: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, making it the o­nly o­ne of the Great Lakes to be wholly inside of the United States. It is approximately 118 miles wide and 307 miles long; with depths averaging 279 feet. However, the greatest depth is 923 feet as the surface of the lake averages to be approximately 577 feet above sea level.

The beaches of Lake Michigan is o­ne of few where you can find the Michigan state stone Petoskey stone. Due to the high quartz content, the sand is an off white hue, and is often called the "sing sands" because it makes a squeaking sound as you walk across it. The water is usually warm, averaging temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. While a great portion of the shoreline is beaches and sand dunes, there are also many rocky portions, as well as an industrialized portion near the southern tip.

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Lower Michigan and Indiana can view the beautiful Chicago city skyline from their banks, but if you are in Illinois or Wisconsin, you will feel as though you are looking out into the ocean, having no end in sight. There are many amazing sights to see along Lake Michigan. Among all four bordering states, tourists can explore o­ne of the many islands, parks, or lighthouses sprinkled along the way. The Chicago side of Lake Michigan has few beaches, but many parks along the shoreline for all to enjoy.