Life & English: Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the U.S. and Canada.

Lake Michigan lies in the region known as the American Midwest in the US. This Lake is shared, from west to east, by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Some of the earliest human inhabitants of the Lake Michigan region were the Hopewell Indians. Their culture declined after 800 AD, and for the next few hundred years, the region was the home of peoples known as the Late Woodland Indians. The word "Michigan" originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwe word michi-gami meaning "great water".

Lake Michigan

Now, twelve million people live along Lake Michigan's shores, mainly in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. Lake Michigan has many beaches. The sand is often soft and off-white. Some beaches have sand dunes covered in green beach grass and sand cherries, and the water is usually clear and cool, between 13 and 27 °C (55 and 80 °F), even in the late summer months. The economy of many communities in northern Michigan and Door County, Wisconsin is supported by tourism, with large seasonal populations attracted by the beauty and recreational opportunities offered by Lake Michigan.

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