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Here are the 67 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Michigan - compared by Longest Shorelines.

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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Lake Michigan-Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
5,463 Lake Michigan-Huron Pictures Lake Michigan and Lake Huron - two of North America's Great Lakes - are contiguous and they share the same elevation of 577 feet above sea level. They are connected by the five-mile-wide Straits of Mackinac. Hydrologically, this makes these "two lakes" a single lake. Some hydrologists designate the ...
Lake Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA)
3,825 Lake Huron Pictures A glacial lake of epic proportions, Lake Huron is the second largest of the five Great Lakes by surface area, boasting 23,010 square miles and an incredible 3,825-mile shoreline. The massive lake is the third largest of the Great Lakes by water volume, containing 850 cubic miles of fresh water within ...
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
2,726 Lake Superior Pictures Skipping over state and country borders, Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, cleanest, least developed, and most pristine of the Great Lakes, reigns as the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. By volume, this 31,820 square mile colossus ranks fourth - a whopping 2,900 cubic ...
Lake Michigan
(Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
1,638 Lake Michigan Pictures As the only Great Lake nestled completely within the boundaries of the United States, Lake Michigan is the pride and joy of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The lake boasts a huge area of 22,400 square miles, making it the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) in the world to be contained ...
Lake Erie
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / New York, USA / Pennsylvania, USA / Michigan, USA / Ohio, USA)
871 Lake Erie Pictures Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes of North America, straddles the borders of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and the Canadian province of Ontario. The lake is named after the Native American tribe that inhabited its shores before being killed off by the Iroquois League for aiding their enemy, ...
Lake Saint Clair
(Ontario, Canada / Michigan, USA)
127 Lake Saint Clair Pictures Also known as: Lake St. Clair
Heart-shaped Lake Saint Clair is the smallest body of water in the Great Lakes system. Tucked between Lake Huron to the north and Lake Erie to the south, 275,200-acre Lake Saint Clair is conveniently located close to Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. Lake Huron to the north flows into the lake ...
Lake Charlevoix
(Michigan, USA)
60 Lake Charlevoix Pictures Also known as: Pine Lake
Lake Charlevoix is one of the most famous of northern Michigan lakes primarily because of its popularity among boaters of all types. Originally called Pine Lake, it was renamed Lake Charlevoix in 1926 after the French explorer Pierre Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix. Although nearby Beaver Island was settled ...
Lake Gogebic
(Michigan, USA)
44 Lake Gogebic, located at the western tip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP) is a hidden gem, far undervalued in the outdoor sports world. Lake Gogebic (pronounced Go-GIBB-ick) is a Native American word reported to mean "where trout rising make small rings upon the surface." Straddling the border of ...
Lake Leelanau
(Michigan, USA)
41 Lake Leelanau Pictures Also known as: Carp Lake
Michigan is a bounty of natural resources - a place where every town is less than two hours from a body of water. Among these bodies of water, Lake Leelanau (pronounced LEE-lan-awe) stands out not only because of its Narrows, which separate the North Lake from the South Lake, but also because of its ...
Torch Lake
(Michigan, USA)
41 Torch Lake Pictures Torch Lake Message Forums Torch Lake holds the dual distinction as Michigan's longest inland lake (18 miles) and its second largest inland lake (18,770 acres). The lake's unparalleled beauty is often attributed to its unique turquoise color. Torch Lake's name is translated from its Ojibwa name, Was-Wah-gonink, or "Lake of the ...
Lake Michigamme
(Michigan, USA)
36 Lake Michigamme Pictures Lake Michigamme Message Forums Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Lake Michigamme's name derives from the Ojibway word for 'big water', the same Native American word that gives the state its name. With over 4,300 acres of water, it certainly is big. Although the lake is located next to one of the main highways (US 41/M28) in ...
Tittabawassee Lakes
(Michigan, USA)
34 Tittabawassee Lakes Pictures Tittabawassee Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Secord Lake, Sanford Lake, Smallwood Lake, Wixom Lake
The Tittabawassee River is one of Michigan's main river systems, draining lands in the Northeast and East Central Michigan regions into the Saginaw River and eventually Lake Huron. The entire main branch of the river is 91 miles long. The four reservoirs referred to as the Tittabawassee Lakes are all ...
Burt Lake
(Michigan, USA)
33 Burt Lake Pictures Burt Lake Message Forums Also known as: Chaboiganing
Twenty miles south of the Straits of Mackinac is the ancient inland waterway from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. This series of connecting lakes and rivers extends from Lake Huron to within a very few miles of Lake Michigan. One of those lakes is Burt Lake. This beautiful lake has been a popular tourist ...
Houghton Lake
(Michigan, USA)
32 Houghton Lake Pictures Houghton Lake is a shallow, marshy lake with a sandy, gravely bottom. Warm in the summer, freezing over during the winter months, and staying cool during the spring, the lake averages around 7-1/2 feet deep. The maximum depth is 22 feet measured in the lake's East Bay, but depths greater than 17 feet ...
Walloon Lake
(Michigan, USA)
30 Walloon Lake Pictures Walloon Lake - Hemingway's Michigan. Ernest Hemingway was born here, spent 22 youthful summers here and came back to the lake for his honeymoon. The Hemingway family still owns the family cottage. That's the kind of place Walloon Lake is, a family place, a summer place for the generations. The Hemingways ...
Mullett Lake
(Michigan, USA)
28 Mullett Lake Pictures Mullett Lake is Michigan's fifth largest lake, covering 17,360 acres with 28 shoreline miles. Sitting at the center of Michigan's Inland Waterway, Mullett Lake allows boats to navigate the connecting rivers and lakes for approximately 38 miles. Mullett Lake was discovered during a federal survey of ...
Elk Lake
(Michigan, USA)
26 Elk Lake Pictures A visit to Elk Lake is a fisherman's dream come true. The huge lake is nearly 200 ft deep in some areas and is actually deep enough to offer lake trout fishing winter and summer. Further, it's affordable and versatile enough to keep the entire crew happy. Elk Lake is the tail-end of the 14 lakes and ...
Cass Lake
(Michigan, USA)
25 Cass Lake Pictures Michigan is fortunate to have many fishing and water sport destination options. Cass Lake, just a 30-mile ride from Detroit, is a popular freshwater lake destination in southeastern Michigan. Located in affluent Oakland County, Cass Lake is bordered by Waterford Township, West Bloomfield Township, ...
Muskegon Lake
(Michigan, USA)
25 Muskegon Lake Pictures Muskegon Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Muskegon
One of Michigan's little-known vacation hotspots is Muskegon Lake. Lake Muskegon, as it is sometimes called, has been a major port on the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline for more than 150 years. The mile-long Muskegon River channel connects Muskegon Lake to Lake Michigan. The cities of Muskegon and ...
Fletcher Pond
(Michigan, USA)
25 Fletcher Pond Pictures Also known as: Fletcher Flooding
Fletcher Pond, also known as the Fletcher Flooding, is an impoundment first created in 1935 when the Alpena Power Company dammed the Upper South Branch of the Thunder Bay River and began flooding 9000 acres of marshland. The Upper South Dam is now owned by the Thunder Bay Power Company which controls ...
Manistique Lakes
(Michigan, USA)
23 Manistique Lakes Pictures Manistique Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Big Manistique Lake, North Manistique Lake, South Manistique Lake, Millecoquins Lake, Milakokia Lake, Lake Ann Louise
Manistique Lakes! Just the name is enough to evoke bouts of nostalgia in millions of past visitors. The lakes - North Manistique Lake at 1,722 acres, Big Manistique Lake at 10,130 acres, South Manistique Lake at 4,001 acres, Milakokia Lake at 1,956 acres, Lake Ann Louise at 311 acres, and Millecoquins ...
Higgins Lake
(Michigan, USA)
22 Higgins Lake Pictures With depths that average 52 feet and range as deep as 141 feet, the azure waters of Higgins Lake assure a remarkable transparency. Such crystalline waters, formed during the retreat of glacial ice, have made the lake a prime environment for snorkelers looking to maximize their underwater experience; ...
Crystal Lake
(Michigan, USA)
21 Crystal Lake Pictures Also known as: Cap Lake
Crystal Lake, in northwestern Michigan's Benzie County, wouldn't be the beautiful sandy-shored lake it is today without the "Tragedy of Crystal Lake". Originally called Cap Lake, the area was settled by loggers working the area. The lake lies in a depression less than a mile from the shore of Lake Michigan. ...
Black Lake
(Michigan, USA)
19 Black Lake Pictures Black Lake Message Forums Black Lake is a popular sporting lake located in Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Surrounded by acres of water and scenic woodlands, Black Lake has become a popular vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Open to year around recreation, visitors come to northeastern ...
Gull Lake
(Michigan, USA)
19 Gull Lake Pictures Gull Lake is a picturesque 2,030-acre natural lake in southwestern Michigan. The lake most likely got its name from the large number of seagulls that occasionally fly inland from Lake Michigan. Gull Lake is conveniently located just 11 miles from Kalamazoo, home of Western Michigan University, and 13 ...


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