Lake Michigan was discovered in 1634 almost 400 years ago. This is the only lake of all the Great Lakes located entirely within the United States and also the largest freshwater lake of the same. More than 43% of all fishing in the Great Lakes takes place on Lake Michigan.
The deepest point of the lake is 281.94 meters. It stretches for 23,000 miles, and the Mackinac Strait is its only natural passage. Lake Michigan flows through the Mackinac Strait into Lake Huron at a speed that allows a complete change of water in approximately every 100 years. An interesting fact is that technically these two lakes form one lake.
Lake Michigan is in fact the fifth largest in the world, it is the second largest and it is the third largest of all the Great Lakes.
More than 500 hundred planes ended up in the waters of the lake, the vast majority of which during World War II.
Due to the cold temperatures of Lake Michigan and the relatively small amount of flora and fauna, this lake has some of the most interesting and well-preserved shipwrecks in the world. According to expert estimates, more than 3,000 ships ended up at the bottom. In the waters of the lake, you can find shipwrecks that are 100 years old, in which not only the construction of the ship has been preserved, but also furniture, books, but also human remains. The sand on the beaches of Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan is often called “sugar sand” because it resembles sugar grains in size and purity. Sand is also called “singing sand” because of the creaking caused by the high content of quartz, which is created when walking on sand.
In 2008, a man named Jim Dryer swam the entire length of the lake, a full 307 miles.