- You can stand anywhere in Michigan and never be more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.
- At 6 quadrillion gallons, Michigan's Great Lakes account for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the entire planet.
- Because Michigan has so much fresh water it is destination for fishermen and watercraft enthusiasts from around the world and ranks first in state boat registrations in the country.
- Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
- The only state that has more shoreline than Michigan is Alaska.
- The Blue Water Area, from Algonac and Harsens Island to the south to the tip of the Thumb in Port Austin in the north is over 140 miles of shoreline.
|Fort Gratiot Light Station |
photo by Dale Merrill
- Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.
- The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron is the oldest light still in active service on the Great Lakes.
- Michigan's motto is the Latin phrase "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice." It means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."
- The word Latin "Tuebor," in the shield means "I will defend" which refers to Michigan's frontier position and spirit.
- The shield itself held by two animals of noble prominence: the elk on the left and the moose on the right.