We all know that Superior is the largest, but can you name the monster hiding under Erie’s shore?  These fun facts are a step up from your old elementary school pop quiz.

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It takes 14.5 hours without stopping to drive around Lake Michigan.

The Great Lakes create an ideal climate for wine production. Some of the country’s best wines come from the coasts of the inland seas.

There have been over 5,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.

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A collection of 9,000 year-old animal herding structures and hunting binds have been found on the floor of Lake Huron.

Lake Superior holds enough water to submerge North and South America under one foot of water.

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Legend has it, Lake Michigan has a ghost town buried under its shore. The old mill city had hopes to be one of “the grand cities of the west” before becoming abandoned and forgotten.

More than 40,000 people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

The lakes behave like a mini ocean. Tide shifts occur twice a day in relation to the sun and moon.

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Lake Superior’s biggest wave was recorded at 51 feet near Whitefish Bay. Hawaii’s largest waves average between 40 to 50 feet.

Lake Superior contains 3,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water… say what?

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The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 was the deadliest storm in the history of the region. The blizzard/hurricane killed over 100 people and sunk dozens of ships.

There are more than 3,500 species of plants and animals within the Great Lakes basin.

Many of the shipwrecks within the great lakes have been perfectly preserved. Unlike saltwater, the cold freshwater preserves materials.

 

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Goderich Mine, the largest salt mine in the world, can be found 1,800 feet under Lake Huron.

84% of North America’s surface water supply comes from the Great Lakes.

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Have you ever heard of an island within an island? One of the Great Lakes’ 32,000 islands, Isle Royale, contains many smaller lakes and isles within itself. Mind blown.

Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island is the largest lake island in the world.

Lake Erie’s alleged monster, Bessie, was first sighted in 1817 and has made a number of appearances and news reports since then.

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Each year, almost 22 million pounds of plastic end up in the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes have their own mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Among the strange phenomena that happen there: Ufo sightings, missing aircraft, and Stonehenge-like rock formations.

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The lakes have some of the coldest and best winter surfing in the world. Water temperatures linger in the 30s throughout the winter, and very occasionally the lakes freeze over.

Lake Sturgeon, the largest fish species in Lake Superior, can reach eight feet in length and weigh over 300 pounds.

 

Have you gone beachin’ at any of the Great Lakes? Do you have fun facts, beachside attractions, or travel tips you’d like to share? Comment below or head to our listings page to add your favorite unsalted destinations.

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