Lake Michigan Facts
- Lake Name: Lake Michigan
- Average Depth: 279 feet
- Maximum Depth: 925 feet
- Elevation: 577 feet
- Surface Area: 22,3002
- Water Volume: 1,1803
23 Lake Michigan Facts for Kids
- Lake Michigan is one of the five freshwater Great Lakes of North America.
- Lake Michigan is one of the largest freshwater bodies of water in the world.
- The shoreline of Lake Michigan borders the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
- Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes entirely located in the United States of America.
- The most populated city along Lake Michigan is Chicago, Illinois, USA.
- There is an estimated 12 million people living along the shore of Lake Michigan.
- Lake Michigan contains about 1,180 cubic miles of water.
- Lake Michigan is the second largest of the five Great Lakes by water volume.
- Lake Michigan is the seventh largest lake in the world by water volume.
- The surface of Lake Michigan covers 22,300 square miles.
- Lake Michigan is the third largest of the five Great Lakes by surface area.
- Lake Michigan is the fifth largest lake in the world by surface area.
- The average depth of Lake Michigan is 279 feet and the deepest part is 925 feet.
- Lake Michigan is the second deepest of the five Great Lakes.
- Lake Michigan is at an average elevation of 279 feet above sea level.
- The largest island on Lake Michigan is Beaver Island with a surface area of 55.8 mi2.
- Lake Michigan is home to a wide variety of fish species, including lake trout, yellow perch and lake whitefish.
- Navy Pier is a very popular tourist attraction located on Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.
- Lake Michigan is plagued by water pollution from steel mills and oil refineries located along its shoreline.
- BP is a multinational company that is allegedly the largest polluter of Lake Michigan.
- Water pollution is a problem in Lake Michigan because it’s a source of freshwater for millions of people.
- You can sail out from the southernmost part of Lake Michigan and reach the Northern Atlantic Ocean.
- American limnologist Jeffrey Val Klump was the first person to reach the bottom of Lake Michigan in 1985.
Pictures of Lake Michigan
A picture of Lake Michigan and Chicago.
A picture of a beach along Lake Michigan.
A picture of Navy Pier on Lake Michigan.
Additional Resources on Lake Michigan
- About Lake Michigan (Great Lake) – Discover more facts and information about Lake Michigan on the U.S. EPA website.
- Facts about Lake Michigan – Find more kid friendly facts about Lake Michigan on the Kiddle website.
- Fishing in Lake Michigan – Find information about fishing in Lake Michigan on the Wisconin Department of Natural Resources website.
- Lake Michigan – Wikipedia – Explore the Wikipedia website to learn more about Lake Michigan.