All About Lakes


Michigan is truly a water wonderland. This page includes various facts and figures about Michigan’s lakes along with links to other sites and information sources.

How Old Are Michigan's Lakes?

The Great Lakes and the inland lakes and streams of Michigan are a product of glacial activity that ended around 10,000 years ago. In geologic terms, Michigan lakes are in their relative infancy.

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Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California is about two million years old while Lake Baikal in Russia, is about 25 - 30 million years old and is the deepest inland lake in the world at 5,387 feet deep (more than a mile deep). Because of it's depth, Lake Baikal holds more than twice as much water as Lake Superior.

Chart prepared by Progressive AE 

Data Source: Michigan Geographic Data Library

Map prepared by Progressive AE 

Data Source: Michigan Geographic Data Library

Useful Links

 

MichiganLakeInfo.com was created as a resource for those interested in Michigan’s inland lakes.


Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (MLSA) Dedicated to the preservation and protection of Michigan's inland lakes and streams.


Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) The purpose of McNALMS is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan's inland lake ecosystems.

 

Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society (MAPMS) The purpose of MAPMS is to promote sound and appropriate technologies for the management of aquatic resources.

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Long Lake Association A voluntary membership organization established for the protection  and preservation of Long Lake, our wildlife, fish, habitat and associated residents.

Click on the images below to learn more about the subject matter listed.

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Canada geese and how to deal with them

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Find out about fish kills

Foam? Why is there foam in the water?

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Information about algae growth.

History's Impact on Michigan Lakes

 

History has had a profound impact on Michigan’s lakes. At the time of pre-settlement, the lakes and streams of Michigan were pristine. Since the time of the logging era and the developmental pressures that followed, Michigan’s lakes have undergone tremendous change. While it may not be possible to turn back the hands of time and restore lakes to their pre-development state, we can learn from history. Click here to find out more.

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Want to Know More?


MichiganLakeInfo.com was created as a resource for those interested in Michigan’s inland lakes. On the site you can find information about lake water quality, lake and watershed management, aquatic biology, invasive species, emerging issues, links to other sites and more. Information posted on the site has been thoroughly researched and designed to provide pertinent facts and figures about Michigan’s lakes in a readily downloadable format. Please visit the site and learn more about Michigan’s lakes.

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That stuff floating on the lake surface? It could be pollen.

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Become a Michigan Shoreline Steward, learn how.

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