​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.

Lake Baikal in Russia is estimated to be 25 to 30 million years old.

Map prepared by Progressive AE.

Data source: Michigan Geographic Data Library.

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Want to Know 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.

History's Impact on Michigan Lakes

Chart prepared by Progressive AE. Data source: Michigan Geographic Data Library.

How Many Lakes Are There in Michigan?

The Grand Canyon is millions of years old—and counting.

Sergey Gabdurakhmanov

National Park Service

Canada geese and how to deal with them.






Find out about fish kills.







Foam? Why is there foam on the water?






Information about algae growth.







That stuff floating on the lake surface? It could be pollen.

Useful Links


Sanford Lake Association (SLA) is a voluntary membership organization established to protect Sanford Lake.


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) Dedicated to promote sound and appropriate technologies for the management of aquatic resources

All About Lakes


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.


How Old Are Michigan's Lakes?


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.