Michigan Geography
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The Basic Shape of Michigan

Michigan consists of two penninsulas. The southern of the two penninsulas happens to look similar to the palm of a right mitten, which is why some Michiganians insist on pointing out the location of cities and areas with the use of the right hand as a visual aid.

Michigan is surrounded by four great lakes: Erie, Superior, Michigan and Huron. The only major lake that isn't a Great Lake in Michigan is Lake St. Clair, which is in between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, and borders Canada.

At its most distant points, Michigan is 490 miles long and 240 miles wide. It covers 96,810 square miles, and is the 11th largest state, but is the largest state to the east of the Mississippi River.

Michigan is the second wettest state, with 40,001 square miles of water area. Michigan supports over 11,000 lakes, and has the second largest shoreline in America, boasting 3,288 miles of shore.

The lowest point in Michigan is 572 feet above sea level where Michigan is joined to Lake Erie, while the highest point in Michigan is Mount Arvon, at 1,979 feet above sea level.