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Michigan’s Great Lakes – Lake Huron

Michigan is the land of the inland seas — The waters of Michigan’s Great Lakes lap against 3,200 miles of Michigan coastline onto sandy beaches and rocky shores, dotted with more than 100 public beaches, and two National Lakeshores.

Lake Huron was originally called it La Mer Douce, the sweet or freshwater sea by French explorers. Later, Lake Huron took its name from the Huron Indian people who lived along its beaches. The Great Lake forms the eastern outline of Michigan’s “Mitten,” including the distinctive “Thumb” which is dotted with port towns and shelters Saginaw Bay. The Lake Huron shoreline of the Lower Peninsula is often referred to as the “Sunrise Side.” Its waters also touch the Eastern Upper Peninsula, meeting Lake Superior to the north via the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, and mingling with Lake Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac.
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