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.
The Great Lakes and the inland lakes and streams of Michigan are a product of glacial activity that ended about 10,000 years ago. In geologic terms, Michigan's lakes are in their infancy.
Chart prepared by Progressive AE. Data source: Michigan Geographic Data Library.
Map prepared by Progressive AE.
Data source: Michigan Geographic Data Library.
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.
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.
Lake Baikal in Russia is estimated to be 25 to 30 million years old.
Wixom Lake Association To improve, maintain and protect our waterways.
MichiganLakeInfo.com was created as a resource for those interested in Michigan’s inland lakes.
Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (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.
National Park Service
The Grand Canyon is millions of years old—and counting.
Gladwin and Midland Counties, Michigan