Michigan's Water Wonderland

11,000 Lakes in Michigan: Fact or Fiction?

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We often hear that Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes. But is that an accurate number? Breck (2004) described how that number of 11,000 lakes likely came to be... Read more

Back to the Future: A Perspective on History and Events that Shaped Michigan’s Lakes and Streams

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This article provides an overview of historical events that transformed Michigan’s lakes and streams. It is not intended to be a comprehensive account of history, but rather focuses on past events and activities that directly impacted Michigan’s lakes and streams. It is hoped this article will provide the reader a perspective of Michigan history and the rapid pace at which change can occur.

The Dead River, Marquette County

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This article explores one of Michigan’s extraordinary water resources, the Dead River in the Upper Peninsula. Unlike the Lower Peninsula where waters drain east or west, waters in the Upper Peninsula tend to drain north and south. Much of the southern portion of the Upper Peninsula drains to Lakes Michigan and Huron while much of the northern portion of the peninsula drains to Lake Superior.

Manistee Lake Improvement Program

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One of the major challenges in lake management is finding a way to get everyone on the same page and moving in the right direction. Another consideration is determining what entity will take the lead in advancing a project. At the urging of the Manistee Lake Association, a statutory lake improvement board was established for Manistee Lake in 2005 to develop and implement a lake improvement plan...

Stony Lake, Oceana County

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Diamond Lake, Cass County

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Pentwater Lake, Oceana County

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Tri-Lakes, Mecosta County

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