With 16 days to go before the start of Row by Row, thought it would be fun to share interesting information about Michigan as it relates directly to the theme for this year--water! So here is a short list--
Did you know Michigan ....
is derived from the Indian words "Michi-gama" meaning large lake?
State Nickname is the "Great Lake State", but has also been known as "Water Winter Wonderland"?
is the only state that touches four out of the five Great Lakes?
has 38,575 square miles of Great Lake water area?
has 1,194 square miles of inland waters?
has the longest fresh coastline of any other state--3,126 miles?
has more than 11,000 inland lakes?
has more than 36,000 miles of streams?
has 40 of its 83 counties that touch at least one of the Great Lakes?
visitors are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes?
residents are within six miles of water?
has the Painted Turtle as the State Reptile?
has the Brook Trout as the State Fish?
has the Petoskey Stone--fossilized remains of coral that existed in Northern Lower Peninsula over 350 million years ago--as the State Stone? (I found mine on the shores of Lake Superior near 'Paradise'!)
Well, thanks to the www.Michigan.gov website, we are all a little smarter than a fifth grader!
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