"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door" … "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
~ Bilbo Baggins from The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein

Lake Michigan Statistics

Lake Michigan from space


307 miles / 494 km.
Breadth:118 miles / 190 km.
Average Depth:279 ft. / 85 m.
Maximum Depth:925 ft. / 282 m.
Volume:1,180 cubic miles / 4,920 cubic km.
Water Surface Area:22,300 sq. miles / 57,800 sq. km.
Drainage Basin Area:45,600 sq. miles / 118,000 sq. km.
Shoreline Length (including islands):1,638 miles / 2,633 km.
Elevation:577 ft. / 176 m.
Outlet:Straits of Mackinac to Lake Huron
Retention/Replacement Time:99 years

Sixth largest fresh water lake in the world

Formed over 14,000 years ago

Largest lake entirely within the US boundary 

Containes the greatest concentration of fresh water dunes in the world

Michigan - from Algonquin word, "Michigami or Misschiganian" meaning "Big Lake"

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