Lake Michigan

Michigan is the world's fifth largest lake by surface area. It is 307 miles long and 118 miles wide, and has an average depth of 279 feet.  

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Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio

  

At Brighton Beach outside Duluth, the waters of Lake Superior are stunningly clear. Looking into about six feet of water, it’s easy to see smooth rocks at the bottom.

But Lake Superior has lost its long-held title as the clearest of the Great Lakes. A recent study showed that lakes Michigan and Huron have changed drastically.

  

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group

For decades, the Great Lakes have offered locations for corporate magnates to build luxurious houses with remarkable water views. But it's tough to match the pair of Chicago mansions up for sale -- for $22 million -- along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Comedy Central

How do you make people care about the Great Lakes? And why do oceans get all the attention?

"Daily Show" correspondent Michael Kosta answers those questions -- and campaigns for a Great Lakes makeover -- in a hilarious, irreverent piece that aired Tuesday night.

Chuck Quirmbach

A $275 million plan to keep Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan -- and the Great Lakes system -- drew both criticism and praise at a hearing in Chicago.

U.S. Coast Guard

Over the past two weeks, 22 boats in the Chicago area have been ordered to cease operation due to illegal charter service.  This discovery was part of a 39-boat search by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

IDNR issued 14 misdemeanor charges, including obstruction of justice.  The Coast Guard issued several Notice of Violation citations – which totaled more than $50,000 according to a statement from the Coast Guard Ninth District.

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